(noun, verb)


1. an inclination contrary to the strongest or prevailing feeling

- his account had a poignant undertow of regret

Definition categories: feeling, inclination

2. the seaward undercurrent created after waves have broken on the shore

Definition categories: event, undercurrent, undertide

Sentences with undertow as a noun:

- A strong undertow may sweep a returning swimmer off their feet but it does not carry them far from the shore.


1. (transitive) To pull or tow under; drag beneath; pull down.

2. (transitive) To pull down by, or as by, an undertow.

3. (intransitive) To flow or behave as an undertow.