Definition of understrapper in US English:



dated, informal
  • An assistant or junior official.

    ‘just about every top-rank honcho vamoosed, with quite a few of their understrappers’
    • ‘He is an understrapper; a sort of odd-job freelancer for the British intelligence agency, MI5.’
    • ‘The English staff administering this territory seldom exceeds more than five or six officials, to carry out whose orders there exist a company of native clerks and a regiment of understrappers.’
    • ‘Ben, who was Mr Cook's understrapper until yesterday afternoon, marched sombrely down the street.’
    • ‘Out rushed the members, and away went the strangers, leaving the house deserted by nearly all except the officers and understrappers.’