beneath[bē nēt̸h′, bi-]
- Beneath means under or below.
- An example of beneath is the table on which a cup is sitting; the table is beneath the cup.
- An example of beneath is Joe Biden being Vice President to Barack Obama; Joe Biden is beneath Barack Obama.
- An example of beneath is a person laying under a blanket; The person is beneath the blanket.
- The definition of beneath is lower than or covered by.
- An example of beneath is a toy under the bed; the toy beneath the bed.
- An example of beneath is a child under a blanket; the child was beneath the blanket.
A baby looks out from beneath a blanket.
- in a lower place; below
- just below something; underneath
Origin of beneathMiddle English binethe ; from Old English beneothan ; from be-, by + neothan, down: see nether
- below; lower than
- directly under; underneath
- covered by: beneath a blanket of snow
- under the influence or control of
- inferior to or lower than in rank, quality, worth, etc.
- unworthy of: it is beneath him to cheat
- In a lower place; below.
- a. Lower than; below: a drawer beneath a cabinet.b. To or into a lower position than: moved the picture beneath the light.
- Covered or concealed by: The earth lay beneath a blanket of snow.
- Under the force, control, or influence of.
- a. Lower than, as in rank or station.b. Unworthy of; unbefitting: It was beneath me to beg.
Origin of beneathMiddle English binethe, from Old English beneothan : be, by; see by1 + neothan, below.
From Middle English benethe, from Old English beneoþan (“beneath, under, below”), from Proto-Germanic *bī-niþana (“below”), from Proto-Indo-European *ni-, *nei- (“in, under”). Cognate with Low German benedden (“beneath”), Dutch beneden (“beneath, under, down”), German benieden (“below”). Compare also Danish neden (“below”), Swedish and Icelandic nedan (“below, under”). See also nether.