from The Century Dictionary.
- Subordinate; subservient.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective rare Becoming an understrapper; subservient.
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- adjective archaic Becoming an
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A warm genial spirit; a glowing fancy, and a friendly heart; every faculty but diligence, and every virtue but 'the understrapping virtue of discretion:' such is frequently the constitution of the poet; the natural result of it also has frequently been pointed out, and sufficiently bewailed.
-- I imagine it is owing to my being deficient in what Sterne calls "that understrapping virtue of discretion."
"that understrapping virtue of discretion;" "I am so apt to a _lapsus linguæ_" says this honest sinner.