underdraw

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From under- +‎ draw.

Verb[edit]

underdraw (third-person singular simple present underdraws, present participle underdrawing, simple past underdrew, past participle underdrawn)

  1. (transitive) To cover or line the underside of (a floor or roof) with plasterwork, boarding or other such treatment.
    • 1847, Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights, I:
      The latter had never been underdrawn: its entire anatomy lay bare to an enquiring eye, except where a frame of wood laden with oatcakes and clusters of legs of beef, mutton, and ham, concealed it.
  2. (transitive) To represent inadequately in an artistic depiction, or in words.