underarm
I. adjective Date: 1816 1. underhand 4 2. placed under or on the underside of the arm <
underarm seams
>
II. adverb Date: circa 1909 underhand III. noun Date: 1923 1. armpit 1 2. the part of a garment that covers the underside of the arm

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • underarm — (adj.) 1816, underhand (in ref. to a style of throwing), from UNDER (Cf. under) + ARM (Cf. arm) (n.1). First attested 1908 in dressmaking sense of seams on the lower half of the arm hole; as a euphemism for ARMPIT (Cf. armpit), it is attested… …   Etymology dictionary

  • underarm — ► ADJECTIVE & ADVERB ▪ (of a throw or stroke in sport) made with the arm or hand below shoulder level. ► NOUN ▪ a person s armpit …   English terms dictionary

  • underarm — [un′dər ärm΄] adj. 1. of, for, in, or used on the area under the arm, or the armpit 2. UNDERHAND (sense 1) adv. UNDERHAND (sense 1) …   English World dictionary

  • underarm — un|der|arm1 [ˈʌndəra:m US a:rm] adv BrE if you throw a ball underarm, you throw it without moving your arm above your shoulder American Equivalent: underhand underarm 2 underarm2 adj 1.) [only before noun] relating to or used on your ↑armpits ▪… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • underarm — [[t]ʌ̱ndərɑː(r)m[/t]] underarms 1) ADJ: ADJ n Underarm means in or for the areas under your arms, where they are joined to your body. Use underarm deodorants sparingly to avoid skin irritations. Syn: armpits N COUNT: usu pl Underarm is also a… …   English dictionary

  • underarm — I UK [ˈʌndərˌɑː(r)m] / US [ˈʌndərˌɑrm] noun [countable] Word forms underarm : singular underarm plural underarms the area of your body under your arm II UK [ˈʌndərˌɑː(r)m] / US [ˈʌndərˌɑrm] adjective, adverb British if you throw a ball underarm,… …   English dictionary

  • underarm — /ˈʌndəram / (say unduhrahm) adjective 1. under the arm: an underarm seam. 2. in the armpit: underarm odour. 3. Cricket, Tennis, etc. executed with the hand below the shoulder as in bowling, service, etc. –adverb 4. Cricket, Tennis, etc. with an… …   Australian English dictionary

  • underarm — /un deuhr ahrm /, adj. 1. of, situated, or for use under the arm or in the armpit: an underarm deodorant. 2. underhand: an underarm pitch in softball. n. 3. armpit. adv. 4. underhand. [1810 20; UNDER + ARM1] * * * …   Universalium

  • underarm — 1 adverb if you throw a ball underarm, you throw it without moving your arm above your shoulder; underhand 2 AmE 2 adjective underarm deodorant/antiperspirant a substance which smells pleasant that you put under your arms …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • underarm — 1. noun a) The armpit. b) Old fashioned and now outlawed style of bowling in cricket. 2. adjective For use under the arm. A 1997 study found that about 104 million American women were using underarm deodorant products …   Wiktionary

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