underling

  • 1 Underling — Un der*ling, n. [Under + ling.] 1. An inferior person or agent; a subordinate; a low ranking employee. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, A mean, sorry fellow. Milton. [1913 Webster] The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 underling — index assistant, coadjutant Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 underling — (n.) late 12c., from UNDER (Cf. under) + dim. suffix LING (Cf. ling) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 underling — n *inferior, subordinate Antonyms: leader, master …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 underling — [n] subordinate aide, assistant, attendant, deputy, flunky*, gofer*, helper, inferior, lackey*, minion, peon, scrub*, second, second fiddle*, second stringer*, serf, servant, slave; concepts 348,423 …

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  • 6 underling — ► NOUN chiefly derogatory ▪ a subordinate …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 underling — [un′dər liŋ] n. [ME < OE: see UNDER & LING1] a person in a subordinate position; inferior: usually contemptuous or disparaging …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 underling — [[t]ʌ̱ndə(r)lɪŋ[/t]] underlings N COUNT (disapproval) You refer to someone as an underling when they are inferior in rank or status to someone else and take orders from them. You use this word to show that you do not respect someone. Every… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 underling — UK [ˈʌndə(r)lɪŋ] / US [ˈʌndərlɪŋ] noun [countable] Word forms underling : singular underling plural underlings an insulting word for someone who is less important or has lower status in an organization than someone else …

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  • 10 underling — m ( es/ as) underling, inferior …

    Old to modern English dictionary

  • 11 underling — un·der·ling (ŭn’dər lĭng) n. ▸ One of lesser rank or authority than another; a subordinate. Word History: The suffix ling, inherited from Common Germanic, already had several uses in Old English, all of which produced new nouns. It could, for… …

    Word Histories

  • 12 underling — noun Date: 12th century one who is under the orders of another ; subordinate, inferior …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 13 underling — /un deuhr ling/, n. a subordinate, esp. one of slight importance. [1125 75; ME. See UNDER , LING1] Syn. menial, flunky, lackey, hireling. * * * …

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  • 14 underling — noun A subordinate, or person of lesser rank or authority. Ant: overling …

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  • 15 underling — Synonyms and related words: assistant, cog, commonality, commonalty, creature, dependent, employee, feudatory, flunky, follower, hanger on, helper, hoi polloi, homager, inferior, junior, lackey, liege, liege man, lightweight, lower class, lower… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 16 underling — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. subordinate, assistant, inferior, deputy, apprentice; servant, menial, flunky, retainer. See inferiority. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. subordinate, hireling, servant, menial, minion, flunky*; see also… …

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  • 17 underling — un|der|ling [ˈʌndəlıŋ US ər ] n [Date: 1100 1200; Origin: under + ling] an insulting word for someone who has a low rank often used humorously …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 underling — un|der|ling [ ʌndərlıŋ ] noun count an insulting word for someone who is less important or has lower status in an organization than someone else: SUBORDINATE …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 underling — un·der·ling || ÊŒndÉ™(r)lɪŋ n. subordinate …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 20 underling — noun chiefly derogatory a subordinate …

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