Definition of underling in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʌndəlɪŋ/


chiefly derogatory
A person lower in status or rank: she was shouting orders at underlings between gulps of coffee
More example sentences
  • So I've got twice the number of underlings to ruthlessly torment now.
  • Phillip ordered his underlings, repeating the orders from his superiors.
  • He is a mere underling, and underlings should not interfere with her plans.
informal sidekick, dogsbody, skivvy, bitch
North American informal gofer, peon
archaic scullion, servitor

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