Definition of sub-sheriff in English:

sub-sheriff

Pronunciation /sʌbˈʃɛrɪf/

noun

  • Chiefly in Ireland and North America: an assistant or deputy sheriff; an undersheriff.

    Now historical except in Newfoundland.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Fynes Moryson (?1566–1630), traveller and writer. From sub- + sheriff.