1. Subordinate work; petty business.
- the underwork of the nation
1. (transitive) To require too little work from; to work insufficiently.
2. (intransitive, obsolete) To work or operate in secret or clandestinely.
3. (transitive, intransitive) To do less work than necessary (on). to underwork a painting
4. (intransitive) To do work for inadequate payment.
5. (transitive) To injure by working secretly; to destroy or overthrow by clandestine measure; to undermine.
6. (transitive) To do similar work for a lesser price than; to undercut.
- One mason may underwork another.