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underling

[uhn-der-ling] /ˈʌn dər lɪŋ/
noun
1.
a subordinate, especially one of slight importance.
Origin
1125-1175
1125-75; Middle English. See under-, -ling1
Synonyms
menial, flunky, lackey, hireling.
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British Dictionary definitions for underling

underling

/ˈʌndəlɪŋ/
noun
1.
a subordinate or lackey
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Word Origin and History for underling
n.

late 12c., from under + diminutive suffix -ling.

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