Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Lowest in position, rank, or place; bottom.
  • adv. In or to the lowest place.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. In the lowest position or state; bottom.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Lowest, as in place, rank, or condition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Lowest in place, rank, state, or condition.

Etymologies

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under- + -most

Examples

  • They fell heavily, the jailor undermost, upon the floor of the dungeon, and Robert of Paris, the necessity of whose case excused the action, plunged his dagger in the throat of the unfortunate.

    Count Robert of Paris

  • An extraordinary medley of feeling — but it was not a medley, exactly; rather it was successive layers of feeling, in which one could not say which layer was undermost — struggled inside him.

    Nineteen Eighty-four

  • Our American friends have stood with us in the most critical of times and undermost the intense pressure.

    His Holiness' Speech at the Congressional Gold Medal Award Ceremony

  • But, having had the good fortune to be undermost at the time of the capture, he has vanished into air.

    The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices

  • Rusty cables and chains, ropes and rings, undermost parts of posts and piles and confused timber-defences against the waves, lie strewn about, in

    Reprinted Pieces

  • As I came in sight of the bridge, the cause of delay was too manifest, for the Somerset had made a summerset in good earnest, and overturned so completely, that it was literally resting upon the ground, with the roof undermost, and the four wheels in the air.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • Mrs General changed her gloves, as to the right glove being uppermost and the left undermost, with a Prunes and Prism smile.

    Little Dorrit

  • Unity, that, it is easily seen, it lies under the undermost garment of nature, and betrays its source in Universal Spirit.

    Nature

  • Jaffers cried in a strangled voice — holding tight, nevertheless, and making play with his knee — spun around, and fell heavily undermost with his head on the gravel.

    The Invisible Man

  • To sit or lie down was out of the question, unless some of them had been willing to be undermost and would also permit the others to lie upon them.

    Ralph Rashleigh

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