underarm

[uhn-der-ahrm]
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
adverb

Origin:
1810–20; under- + arm1

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underarm (ˈʌndərˌɑːm)
 
adj
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
 
adv
4.  in an underarm style

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underarm
1816, "underhand" (in ref. to a style of throwing), from under + arm. 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 un·der·arm (ŭn'dər-ärm')
adj.
Located, placed, or used under the arm. n.
The armpit.

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Example sentences for underarm
Players are permitted to throw the ball in the air using an underarm action.
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