Definition of underling in English:



  • A person lower in status or rank.

    ‘she was shouting orders at underlings between gulps of coffee’
    • ‘Phillip ordered his underlings, repeating the orders from his superiors.’
    • ‘So I've got twice the number of underlings to ruthlessly torment now.’
    • ‘He lowered the papers and looked across at his two underlings.’
    • ‘He was berating one of his underlings for all the world to hear.’
    • ‘He is a mere underling, and underlings should not interfere with her plans.’
    subordinate, inferior, deputy, junior, assistant, adjutant, aide, minion, lackey, flunkey, menial, retainer, vassal, subject, serf, hireling, servant, henchman, myrmidon, right-hand man, right-hand woman, girl friday, man friday, factotum, stooge
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