Definition of underdog in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈəndərˌdôɡ/


1A competitor thought to have little chance of winning a fight or contest.
Example sentences
  • In his lifetime, he became a symbol of courage to a deprived country, the underdog in all his fights and still coming out on top.
  • We are all on the same side, underdogs fighting against social and environmental oppression.
  • The underdogs in any fight usually prepare body and mind meticulously before stepping into the ring.
long shot, dark horse, weaker one, little guy, David;
downtrodden, victim, loser, fall guy
1.1A person who has little status in society.
Example sentences
  • Despite the instant attention they got in the UK, they enjoyed their underdog status in the US.
  • Moore didn't allow her political underdog status to stop her from throwing her hat into the campaign ring.
  • Maybe it's because he's an underdog living in an well-adjusted, mentally balanced society.


Late 19th century: with reference to the beaten dog in a dogfight.

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Syllabification: un·der·dog

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