a subordinate, especially one of slight importance.

1125–75; Middle English. See under-, -ling1

menial, flunky, lackey, hireling.
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underling (ˈʌndəlɪŋ)
a subordinate or lackey

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Word Origin & History

c.1175, from under + dim. suffix -ling.
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Example sentences
When the employer finds out, the underling can be fired.
So if a model is not working, then it likely does not conform well with the underling reality.
He got so frustrated with the same underling's progress on a whitewashing report that he took a stab at it himself.
When you watch it, the underling message is that compared to the life of the planet the human race insignificant.
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