- 1 another term for rip current, used in the incorrect belief that rip currents drag swimmers below the surface. I was swept away by the undertowMore example sentences
- There's been a high undertow and rip currents there.
- It was far away, almost out of sight, and the undertow threatened to pull her down at any moment.
- It was like a flood, like being trapped in the undertow of a tsunami.
- 1.1An implicit quality, emotion, or influence underlying the superficial aspects of something and leaving a particular impression: there’s a dark undertow of loss that links the novel with earlier worksMore example sentences
- There is a dark undertow to the book.
- Unhappily for your daughter, she is in the undertow of abuse, loss, and possibly guilt.
- Amid the laughter, the melodrama and hysteria, this is a play with a terrible, almost frightening undertow of sadness and helplessness.
More definitions of undertowDefinition of undertow in:
- The British & World English dictionary