un·​der·​done | \ ˌən-dər-ˈdən How to pronounce underdone (audio) \

Definition of underdone

: not thoroughly cooked : rare

Examples of underdone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those two coffee cakes were baked for the same amount of time, but the center in the glass pan was underdone, leading it to sink after it was pulled from the oven. Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2021 The dough has been turbo-boosted with sugar to rise quickly, and an unctuous sea of cheese and meat has been piled atop rubbery underdone or brittle overdone crusts, sometimes occurring in the same pizza. Francesco Lastrucci, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Feb. 2021 Cut meats and veggies into evenly-sized pieces so no one will bite into a chunk that's underdone. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, 22 Dec. 2020 Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, rotating from front to back halfway through, until the edges and top have a golden crust but the middle remains slightly underdone, with a toothpick inserted in the center pulling up moist crumbs. Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2020 The center of my cake, however, was a tad underdone. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 17 Sep. 2020 The underdone crust did no favors for the Meat Lovers ($8.99 for a medium pie), with pepperoni, Italian sausage and crumbled meatballs that don’t get much beyond the greasy, shiny stage of doneness. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, 14 Aug. 2020 But throwing everything on one pan at the same time can lead to overdone veggies or underdone meat. NBC News, 5 Feb. 2019 If all of the liquid has been absorbed but the rice is a bit underdone, leave it to stand, covered, for another 5 minutes. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of underdone

1683, in the meaning defined above

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“Underdone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underdone. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of underdone

: not cooked enough : not cooked completely

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