preposition & adverb
- 1Situated directly below (something else): [as preposition]: our bedroom is right underneath theirs [as adverb]: his eyes were red-rimmed with black bags underneath [as adjective]: on longer hair, the underneath layers can be permed to give extra bodyMore example sentences
- She was no longer hiding underneath her black hair and had showed her true colors during the auditions.
- A girl wearing thick sunglasses with her hair tucked underneath a black hat pushed her way through the crowd.
- He fetched a garbage bag from underneath the sink and, without entering the bedroom, handed it to her.
- 2So as to be concealed by (something else): [as preposition]: money changed hands underneath the table • figurative underneath his aloof air, Nicky was a warm and open young man [as adverb]: paint was peeling off in flakes to reveal grayish plaster underneathMore example sentences
- Mrs Webb said, ‘We used to pass notes underneath the table and that sort of thing, but when we left school we went our own ways.’
- A silken blue cloth covered the old wooden table underneath.
- He put layers of color one on top of another, concealing and revealing the colors underneath, making the process of covering transparent.
- 2.1Partly or wholly concealed by (a garment): [as preposition]: she could easily see the broadness of his shoulders underneath a tailored white shirt [as adverb]: I wear button-downs, and my T-shirts show underneathMore example sentences
- His overshirt hung from his shoulders, underneath a broad white bandage bound tightly around his torso.
- She was in cameo shorts and a white tank top, underneath her top her bra's outline was visible.
- I watched her thin shoulders heave underneath the thin white fabric of her shirt.
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- The part or side of something facing toward the ground; the underside.More example sentences
- I searched every nook and cranny in the kitchen and larder, and examined the underneaths of tables and chairs in case Harry or Dolly had taken a liking to it as a rolly-toy.
- They were leaving the car park at about 8.30 pm when they spotted a man trying to attract their attention, pointing to the underneath of the front of the car.
- I flew beside him, taking giant strides so as not to fall, until we came upon the Jeep, from the underneath of which Johnny's feet poked out.
Old English underneothan; compare with beneath.