underground

underground

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English

Etymology

From Middle English undergrounde (adverb), equivalent to under +‎ ground. Compare Dutch ondergrond, ondergronds, German Untergrund, Danish undergrunds.

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -aʊnd

Adjective

underground (comparative more underground, superlative most underground)

  1. (not comparable) Below the ground; below the surface of the Earth.
  2. Hidden, furtive, secretive.
  3. (Of music, art &c.) Outside the mainstream, especially unofficial and hidden from the authorities.
    • 1991, Stephen Fry, The Liar, p. 27:
      ‘...he wrote to me last week telling me about an incredible bitch of a row blazing there on account of someone having been and gone and produced an unofficial magazine called Raddled, full of obscene libellous Oz-like filth. And what I though, what Sammy and I thought, was—why not?’
      ‘Why not what?’ said Tom.
      ‘Why not do the same thing here?’
      ‘You mean an underground magazine?’
      ‘Yup.’

Synonyms

  • (under the ground): see subterranean
  • (hidden): see Thesaurus:hidden and Thesaurus:covert
  • (unusual): unconventional, alternative

Translations

Adverb

underground (comparative more underground, superlative most underground)

  1. Below the ground.
    Synonym: below ground
  2. Secretly.
    Synonyms: clandestinely, in secret, on the quiet

Translations

Noun

underground (plural undergrounds)

  1. (chiefly Britain) Synonym of subway: a railway that is under the ground.
  2. (with "the") A movement or organisation of people who resist political convention.
  3. (with "the") A movement or organisation of people who resist artistic convention.

Synonyms

  • (movement or organisation of people who resist political convention): resistance
  • (movement or organisation of people who resist artistic convention): avant-garde, counter-culture

Translations

Verb

underground (third-person singular simple present undergrounds, present participle undergrounding, simple past and past participle undergrounded)

  1. To route electricity distribution cables underground

Translations

See also

  • underground railway
  • go underground

Finnish

Etymology

From English underground.

Noun

underground

  1. underground (culture)

Declension

Compounds

  • undergroundelokuva
  • undergroundkirjallisuus
  • undergroundkulttuuri
  • undergroundsarjakuva

French

Etymology

From English underground.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /œ̃.dɛʁ.ɡʁawnd/

Adjective

underground (invariable)

  1. underground (outside the mainstream)

Noun

underground m (uncountable)

  1. (singular only) the underground (people who resist artistic convention)

Further reading

  • “underground” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Italian

Etymology

From English underground.

Noun

l'underground m (invariable)

  1. the underground (people who resist artistic convention)

Spanish

Etymology

From English underground.

Noun

underground m (plural undergrounds)

  1. underground (movement)

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