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From Middle English undernethe, undernethen, from Old English underneoþan (underneath), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *underniþer.

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underneath (not comparable)

  1. Below; in a place beneath.
    • 1825, Isaac Taylor, Scenes of British Wealth: In Produce, Manufactures, and Commerce, for the Amusement and Instruction of Little Tarry At-home Travellers[1]:
      connected with it underneath, you see a very fine hair-spring.
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  2. On the underside or lower face.
    • 1832, Georges Cuvier, translated by Edward Griffith, edited by Georges Cuvier, Edward Pidgeon, and Edward Griffith, The Animal Kingdom: Arranged in Conformity with Its Organization[2], volume 14, published 2012, →ISBN:
      No insects exhibit, like them, what may be termed four net-work eyes. It is very easy to perceive them in looking at the animal from above, and then examining it underneath
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  1. Under, below, beneath.
    Underneath the water, all was calm.
    We flew underneath the bridge.
    We looked underneath the table.
  2. Under the control or power of.
    There was little freedom underneath the jackboot.

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underneath (not comparable)

  1. Under, lower.
    You can have the underneath bunk.
    • 1990, Stephen King, The Moving Finger:
      The mess in the kitchen was one thing. The way the place smelled was another—some sort of chemistry-lab stink on top, some other smell underneath it. He was afraid the underneath smell might be blood.

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underneath (usually uncountable, plural underneaths)

  1. The bottom of something.
    The underneath of the aircraft was painted blue.
    • 1938, Xavier Herbert, chapter V, in Capricornia[3], page 64:
      Nawnim yelped, heaved away, struck his head on the underneath of the bed, and rolled into view bawling.
    • 2002, Mary Ann Caws, Surrealist Painters and Poets: An Anthology[4], page 229:
      It was a monolith of a golden color, opening at its base on to a cavern: its underneath was hollowed out by water.
    • 2010, Molly Brodak, A Little Middle of the Night[5], page 13:
      I have been looking for an underneath I couldn't see.
    • 2011, Nigella Lawson, Nigella Express: Good Food Fast[6]:
      they harden up a little as they cool, and they should be damp within; that's what makes them chewy, so don't worry that the underneaths of the macaroons look sticky.
  2. A background radio sound track played during a specific announcement or program.
    • 2009, Jay Trachtenberg (radio host), KUT-FM Radio, Austin, Texas, 17 Dec.:
      The underneath is music from the latest album by [...].

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