(noun, verb)


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.