underfeed

verb

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

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, 14 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1659, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

underfeed

verb
un·​der·​feed ˌən-dər-ˈfēd How to pronounce underfeed (audio)
underfed -ˈfed How to pronounce underfeed (audio) ; underfeeding
: to feed with too little food

Medical Definition

underfeed

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

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to eat too little food

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