What word or phrase does your mother always say?


[uhn-der-eyj] /ˌʌn dərˈeɪdʒ/
lacking the required age, especially that of legal maturity.
Origin of underage1
1585-95; under- + age


[uhn-der-ij] /ˈʌn dər ɪdʒ/
shortage; deficiency in amount.
1605-15; under- + -age Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for underage
  • It is craziness to be anywhere near underage drinking.
  • But if they had, then surely the underage students wouldn't drink it.
  • Post a picture of an underage model or of an unsuspecting subject caught using the toilet, and you could end up in court.
  • Of course, underage smokers still find ways to obtain cigarettes.
  • Contracts signed by minors are not legally enforceable, putting the hotel at risk if underage patrons do not pay.
  • Cruise lines reserve the right to eject underage drinkers and their families at the next port at their own expense.
  • It isn't because they're underage or non-citizens or mentally incompetent.
  • Presents statistics on the nature and extent of underage drinking.
  • underage gambling is illegal and a civil infraction.
  • Your teens are always at risk for underage drinking and there are countless opportunities for them to test the limits.
British Dictionary definitions for underage


below the required or standard age, esp below the legal age for voting or drinking
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for underage

also under-age, 1590s, from under + age.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for underage

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for underage

Scrabble Words With Friends