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underdog n : one at a disadvantage and expected to lose

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From under + dog.


  1. A competitor thought unlikely to win.
    • 2004: The New Yorker, 30 August 2004, p.40
      In Athens, the Americans are underdogs to the Chinese and the Canadians
  2. Somebody at a disadvantage.
  3. A high swing wherein the person pushing the swing runs beneath the swing while the person being pushed is at the forward limit of the arc.


competitor thought unlikely to win
somebody at a disadvantage

See also

Extensive Definition

Underdog may refer to:

Television and film




Other uses

See also

underdog in German: Underdog
underdog in French: Underdog
underdog in Portuguese: Underdog

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

also-ran, booby, casualty, defeatee, duck, fall guy, game loser, good loser, good sport, little fellow, little guy, loser, prey, scapegoat, sport, stooge, the vanquished, vanquished, victim
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