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, that we are underlings. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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