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unterer (comparative untererer [nonstandard; rare], superlative der unterste)

  1. (attributive only) lower, nether
    Mein Portmonee ist in der unteren Schublade.
    My purse is in the lower drawer.
  2. (attributive only) inferior

Usage notes[edit]

  • Since the adjective is already semantically comparative in its positive form, the grammatical comparative forms are very rare and heard in the vernacular only. They might be used to mean “even more below”. For example: Mein Portmonee ist in der unteren Schublade.In dieser?Nein, in der noch untereren. (“My purse is in the lower drawer.” – “This one?” − “No, the one below that.”)
  • The superlative forms are perfectly normal, being the same as English lowermost.


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