underfeed

verb
un·​der·​feed | \ ˌən-dər-ˈfēd How to pronounce underfeed (audio) \
underfed\ ˌən-​dər-​ˈfed How to pronounce underfeed (audio) \; underfeeding

Definition of underfeed

transitive verb

: to feed with too little food

Examples of underfeed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That court order stems from a legal action that the Southern Center brought against Sheriff Franklin’s predecessor, Greg Bartlett, who had been underfeeding inmates while taking $212,000 in food money for his personal use. Walt Bogdanich And Grace Ashford, New York Times, "An Alabama Sheriff, a Mystery Check and a Blogger Who Cried Foul," 14 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of underfeed

1659, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of underfeed was in 1659

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“Underfeed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underfeed. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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underfeed

verb
un·​der·​feed | \ ˌən-dər-ˈfēd How to pronounce underfeed (audio) \
underfed\ -​ˈfed How to pronounce underfeed (audio) \; underfeeding

Medical Definition of underfeed

transitive verb

: to feed with too little food an underfed woman has a higher probability of a miscarriage and of a stillbirth— Rose E. Frisch

intransitive verb

: to eat too little food

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