Definition of underneath preposition from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    preposition, adverb
    BrE BrE//ˌʌndəˈniːθ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌʌndərˈniːθ//
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  1. 1  under or below something else, especially when it is hidden or covered by the thing on top The coin rolled underneath the piano. This jacket's too big, even with a sweater underneath.
  2. 2  used to talk about somebody’s real feelings or character, as opposed to the way they seem to be Underneath her cool exterior she was really very frightened. He seems bad-tempered, but he's very soft-hearted underneath.
  3. Word OriginOld English underneothan; compare with beneath.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: underneath

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