As defined by Funk & Wagnalls:
underdog n. 1. One who is at a disadvantage in a struggle. 2. One who is victimized or downtrodden by society.
An underdog is anyone who has to face a higher level of adversity
to reach a goal (often survival
, or "winning") than either their opponent(s), contemporaries, or peers. Often the classic underdog is a victim
of an antagonizing opponent. Moreover, a classic
has positive qualities that are absent
in his or her stronger or better