underemployed

adjective

un·​der·​em·​ployed ˌən-dər-im-ˈplȯid How to pronounce underemployed (audio)
: having less than full-time, regular, or adequate employment

Examples of underemployed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Once the labor market is ready to absorb underemployed farmers, much of the rest of rural poverty can be eradicated by the right to fully own one’s land. Derek Scissors, Foreign Affairs, 11 Oct. 2016 The report noted that a key reason why some countries face labor shortages despite having ample numbers of unemployed or underemployed workers is a mismatch between jobs and skills and education. Elaine Kurtenbach, Fortune Asia, 28 May 2024 It’s loosely based on a nineteen-eighties TV series of the same title, in which Lee Majors played an underemployed stuntman named Colt Seavers, who moonlighted as a bounty hunter. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 2 May 2024 For instance, much cybercrime is masterminded by underemployed men from countries with underdeveloped tech economies. Scott Shapiro, WIRED, 8 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for underemployed 

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Word History

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of underemployed was in 1908

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“Underemployed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underemployed. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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