undereducated

adjective
un·​der·​ed·​u·​cat·​ed | \ ˌən-dər-ˈe-jə-ˌkā-təd How to pronounce undereducated (audio) \

Definition of undereducated

: poorly educated

Examples of undereducated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a result, the ranks of India’s undereducated masses will swell, stymying attempts to revive and modernize the world’s sixth-largest economy. Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2021 The undereducated young woman with abandonment issues and the worldly prince with stiff-upper-lip issues (and a mistress to boot) were not a good match. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Aug. 2021 Initially, most feel undereducated and ill-prepared. John Duffy, CNN, 27 June 2021 Balram, a poor, undereducated villager, feels trapped in a metaphorical rooster coop, waiting to be slaughtered. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 21 Jan. 2021 Before the pandemic, those living in extreme poverty tended to be rural, undereducated, young and working in agriculture. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, 7 Oct. 2020 We’re kept at arm’s length, admirers of the character’s physical and musical gifts but left undereducated about her soul. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 11 Sep. 2019 Participants are often black men and women who are undereducated and sometimes functionally illiterate. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, 9 July 2019 But the average American is woefully undereducated about the history of race in the United States. Time Staff, Time, 29 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'undereducated.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of undereducated

1848, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About undereducated

Time Traveler for undereducated

Time Traveler

The first known use of undereducated was in 1848

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near undereducated

undereaten

undereducated

underemphasis

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for undereducated

Last Updated

24 Sep 2021

Cite this Entry

“Undereducated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undereducated. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on undereducated

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for undereducated

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!