Today’s English word of the day is: underbelly. Keep reading to learn the meaning of ‘underbelly’, hear the pronunciation, and read two example dialogues. With each word of the day, I only focus on one definition. To see every meaning of the word, check out its entry in the Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries or in the Merriam-Webster Learner’s Dictionary.
underbelly: a hidden unpleasant or criminal part of society
American English Pronunciation: /ˈʌndərbeli/
🤓: It’s a riveting read. Over the course of 300 pages, Panza exposes in shocking detail the dark underbelly of American politics.
😜: That sounds great and all, but I’m starving! Let’s see to our own bellies first, and then we’ll talk about the book and whatever underbellies you like. Pizza?
😐: This time last year, I was the Attorney General, a pillar of society. How in the world did I end up here, making shady deals with gangsters in the underbelly of Gotham?
😏: I think it began with that slush fund, sir.
Want more practice using the word ‘underbelly’? Here are some BBC.com articles featuring today’s word of the day!
And just for fun… did you know that hedgehogs love belly rubs? 😄💜
Definition source: Google’s dictionary.
Come back tomorrow for another advanced English word of the day! My schedule is:
THURSDAY: slang, idiom, or phrasal verb
FRIDAY: academic, literary, or otherwise “big” vocabulary