under-

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English[edit]

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Prefix[edit]

under-

  1. Under (in any sense): insufficient, insufficiently, below what is correct; subordinate to; beneath or behind.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In many common cases, this prefix is attached directly to a word. When forming new words, however, it is typically hyphenated until the word becomes common.

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Old English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *under, from Proto-Indo-European *nter- (between, among), akin to Old English under "between, among, in the presence of", Old High German untar "between, among", Latin inter "between, among". More at inter-.

Prefix[edit]

under-

  1. between, among
    understandan "to understand" (originally "to stand between", "be near to both sides")
    underscēotan (to intercept)

Etymology 2[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *under, from Proto-Indo-European *ndhero- (lower), akin to Old English under "under, beneath", Old High German untar "under", Latin infra "below, beneath". More at infra-

Prefix[edit]

under-

  1. beneath
  2. subordinate to
    underling (underling, subordinate)