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underarm

[uhn-der-ahrm] /ˈʌn dərˌɑrm/
adjective
1.
of, situated, or for use under the arm or in the armpit:
an underarm deodorant.
2.
underhand:
an underarm pitch in softball.
noun
3.
adverb
4.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; under- + arm1
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Examples for underarm
  • Players are permitted to throw the ball in the air using an underarm action.
British Dictionary definitions for underarm

underarm

/ˈʌndərˌɑːm/
adjective
1.
(of a measurement) extending along the arm from wrist to armpit
2.
(sport) of or denoting a style of throwing, bowling, or serving in which the hand is swung below shoulder level
3.
below the arm
adverb
4.
in an underarm style
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Word Origin and History for underarm
adj.

1816, "underhand" (in reference to a style of throwing), from under + arm (n.1). First attested 1908 in dressmaking sense of "seams on the lower half of the arm-hole;" as a euphemism for armpit, it is attested from 1930s, popularized by advertisers.

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underarm in Medicine

underarm un·der·arm (ŭn'dər-ärm')
adj.
Located, placed, or used under the arm. n.
The armpit.

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