undermanned

adjective

un·​der·​manned ˌən-dər-ˈmand How to pronounce undermanned (audio)
: inadequately staffed

Examples of undermanned in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All of this significantly strained U.S. naval manpower, causing ships to deploy undermanned and for longer durations. Gil Barndollar, TIME, 12 Feb. 2024 Troops are being rotated from units in the rear to join undermanned infantry units at the front, and there are shortages of critical supplies needed to repair and maintain Ukraine’s armored vehicles. Marc Santora Tyler Hicks, New York Times, 4 Feb. 2024 Since then, these undermanned installations have experienced as many as 150 attacks from missiles, drones, rockets, and the like. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 31 Jan. 2024 Minnesota remembered its embarrassing home loss to a severely undermanned Blazers team last April and was determined to not allow history to repeat. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, 13 Jan. 2024 That left things to LeBron James and Russell Westbrook to figure out, but the undermanned Lakers couldn’t find enough consistent offense and were on a constant search for answers on defense, losing to Cleveland 116-102. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2022 There’s simply too much ground to cover, and too many calls coming in. Joining this underfunded and undermanned police force is not a simple decision. Sam Russek, The New Republic, 20 Oct. 2023 The Bengals-Ravens game took a similar tack, with the undermanned Ravens, playing backup quarterback Tyler Huntley, fighting their tails off, and putting an unexpected scare into the Bengals. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Jan. 2023 Not nearly disciplined enough, and not yet able to push around an undermanned opponent. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 9 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of undermanned was in 1848

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“Undermanned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undermanned. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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