Lit. 'settle under (someone else)'. Term used of the servants and occasional labourers who settled on small plots of land established by enterprising peasants. These plots of land were small and unlikely to have been sufficient for an adequate living.

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  • undersettle — un·der·set·tle …   English syllables

  • undersettle — ˈəndə(r)ˌsed.əl noun Etymology: Middle English undersetle, from under (III) + setle dweller, from Old English setla; akin to Old English sitan to sit more at sit : one of a class of subtenants formerly under the peasant proprietors in England …   Useful english dictionary

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