Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To provide with an inadequate number of officers, as a regiment or a ship.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A subordinate officer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A subordinate officer.

Etymologies

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under- +‎ officer

Examples

  • Also hanging on the wall was a portrait of Stavrakios: a tough-looking, bandy-legged man who, but for his gilded armor, seemed more like a veteran underofficer than an Avtokrator.

    Bridge of the Separator

  • He was an underofficer; he wanted to, and had the right to, make his voice heard.

    Advance and Retreat

  • With what might have been a smile, the underofficer said, "How can any man know what another man is thinking?"

    Advance and Retreat

  • "He doesn't look very happy, does he?" the underofficer said in a low voice.

    Advance and Retreat

  • Other than that, nothing in army life that Gremio had seen fazed the underofficer.

    Advance and Retreat

  • Thinking along with him—as the underofficer so often did—Sergeant Thisbe asked, "What if they're hammering us at the far end of the line?"

    Advance and Retreat

  • On the other hand, the company would lose far and away its best underofficer if he did.

    Advance and Retreat

  • "This whole business of being an underofficer seems like more trouble than it's worth," he said.

    Advance and Retreat

  • But he'd been a common soldier longer than he'd been an underofficer.

    Advance and Retreat

  • Everybody laughed: even Werferth, whose dignity as an underofficer was menaced; even Sidroc, who still despised Ceorl whenever the two of them weren't fighting the Unkerlanters.

    Rulers of the Darkness

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