2.basically a figure of speech that writers use to subtly make a situation less important or serious than it really is.
The last line of Frost's "Birches" illustrates understatement: "One could do worse than be a swinger of birches."
Type your email address below to get our free Urban Word of the Day every morning!
Emails are sent from firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll never spam you.
Log in with Facebook to save your favorite definitions
and share them with friends.