undermine etymology

English word undermine comes from English mine, English under-

Detailed word origin of undermine

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
mine English (eng) (ambitransitive) To remove (ore) from the ground.. (computing) To earn new units of cryptocurrency by doing certain calculations.. (intransitive) To dig a tunnel or hole; to burrow in the earth.. (slang) To pick one's nose.. (transitive) To damage (a vehicle or ship) with a mine (an explosive device).. (transitive) To sow mines (the explosive devices) in (an area).. To dig away, or otherwise [...]
under- English (eng) Under (in any sense): insufficient, insufficiently, below what is correct; subordinate to; beneath or behind.
undermine English (eng) (figuratively) To weaken or work against; to hinder, sabotage. [from 15th c.]. To dig underneath (something), to make a passage for destructive or military purposes; to sap. [from 14th c.].

Words with the same origin as undermine

Descendants of under-
underdog underestimate understatement underwear underwood underworld