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Definition of the noun underdog

What does underdog mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: underdogs

  1. one at a disadvantage and expected to lose
    • examples: Luciano, the underdog in the match, will be trying to make the champ eat humble pie. | The priest seems to make it a practice to climb on the underdog's bandwagon and persuade the other side to compromise. | I always root for the underdog. | Some people say that it is human nature to root for the underdog. | A pooch dubbed "Underdog" was rescued today after it plunged the equivalent of 50 storeys into an open pit diamond mine in South Africa.
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic terms: failure / loser / nonstarter / unsuccessful person = a person with a record of failing

Alternative definition of the noun underdog


  1. A competitor thought unlikely to win.
  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.


  1. "Underdog" is a 2007 American live action action comedy superhero film based on the 1960s cartoon series of the same name. The film was directed by Frederik Du Chau and stars Peter Dinklage as Dr. Simon Barsinister, Patrick Warburton as Cad Lackley, and Jason Lee as the voice of Underdog. The film also stars Jim Belushi, Alex Neuberger, Taylor Momsen, and Amy Adams. The film was loosely based on the super-powered cartoon character of the same name and several other characters from the cartoon. It was produced by Spyglass Entertainment and Classic Media and released theatrically in the United States by Walt Disney Pictures. It was filmed in Providence, Rhode Island. Unlike the TV series, the Underdog character is portrayed as a regular dog rather than an anthropomorphic one.
  2. "Underdog" a.k.a. "Svenskjävel" is a film, directed by Ronnie Sandahl.
  3. "Underdog" is a 2002 short film directed by Eran Merav.
    • country: Israel
    • released in (13 years ago)


  1. Underdog is a fictional character from the film Good Boy.
  2. Underdog is a fictional character from the 2007 film Underdog.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Underdog

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Google previewIndividual Difference and Sport Fans: Who Roots for the ...

CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION The underdog is a part of American folklore. The individuals that against long odds and superior talent summon great determination and fortitude to defeat the favorite have a long and revered history in ...

Google previewSubpersonalities (2013)

The People Inside Us by John Rowan

The underdog is the Mickey Mouse. The topdog is the Super Mouse .... This is the basis for the famous selftorture game. (Perls 1969) The topdog is of course very reminiscent of the Freudian superego, but Perls pointed out that Freud never ...

Google previewMotion Blur (2004)

Graphic Moving Imagemakers by Shane R. J. Walter, Matt Hanson, Onedotzero

01-15 Underdog is a personal film project that sees Felt move into documentary territory It brings together two sides of LA and two different characters 40-year-old . half-Cherokee, half-black street poet Greg, and God-fearing film- location fixer ...

Google previewDangerous Edges of Graham Greene (2011)

Journeys with Saints and Sinners by Dermot Gilvary, Darren J. N. Middleton

Thus, sympathy with the political underdog is an important impulse in the writings of both men. Both Conrad and Greene declined knighthoods (perhaps because they did not wish to become 'Commanders' of the 'Order of an Empire'). By that ...

Google previewBlack Firsts (2012)

4,000 Ground-Breaking and Pioneering Historical Events by Jessie Carney Smith

Topdog/Underdog is a dark comedy with only two characters—brothers Lincoln and Booth. A native of Fort Knox, Kentucky, Parks attended mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and studied with James Baldwin at Hampshire College .

Google previewIbn 'Arabi (2012)

Heir to the Prophets by William C. Chittick

At the same time, we all recognize that helping the underdog is a noble character trait. How could God, who is merciful and ...

Google previewThe Myth of the Picaro (2014)

Continuity and Transformation of the Picaresque Novel, 1554-1954 by Alexander Blackburn

When, almost two centuries later, the theme of an aristocrat's pursuit of an underdog becomes intense in the novel, as it does in William Godwin's Caleb Williams (1794), the underdog is a hero, the aristocrat a criminal. In Buscón that revolution ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Counseling (2008)

by Frederick T. Leong

Top Dog/Underdog The top dog represents a person's conscience. The underdog is the part of the personality that goes along with ...

Google previewGambling in America: An Encyclopedia of History, Issues, and Society, 2nd Edition (2015)

by William N. Thompson Ph.D.

There are also parlay wagers called “teaser” bets where the bettor is given extra points (to lessen the points a favorite has to give or to get more points for the underdog) for a game in exchange for having the odds on the bet changed against ...

Google previewOxford American Large Print Dictionary (2008)

by Oxford University Press

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Google previewDictionary of Sociology (2012)

by Tony Lawson, Joan Garrod

(See sociology ofthe underdog.) values: ideas or beliefs that are thought to be valuable by those who hold them. There is an ethical dimension to the concept of values, in that beliefs about goodness are often attached to them. In functionalist ...

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Small photo of Taylor Momsen at UNDERDOG Premiere, Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 Cinema, Los Angeles, CA, July 30, 2007Small photo of Peyton List at UNDERDOG Premiere, Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 Cinema, Los Angeles, CA, July 30, 2007Small photo of Jason Lee at UNDERDOG Premiere, Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 Cinema, Los Angeles, CA, July 30, 2007Small photo of The mast of a pirate ship, a ship, wooden ceilings on a ship, a pirate flag, a blue underdog, a black flag against the sky, a blank for the designerSmall photo of text of UNDERDOG on cubesSmall photo of Black king surrounded by white chess pieces on a wooden chess board. Underdog concept.Small photo of Thai chess, white knight surrounded by a group of black pawn and bishop. Underdog concept. More...

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UNDERDOG | ASL - American Sign Language

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Everybody likes the underdog, because everybody feels like the underdog. No matter how successful you are, you always think, No one's being nice enough to me! (Kate Beckinsale)
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Scrabble value of U1N1D2E1R1D2O1G2

The value of this 8-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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