un·​der·​pow·​ered | \ ˌən-dər-ˈpau̇(-ə)rd How to pronounce underpowered (audio) \

Definition of underpowered

1 : driven by an engine of insufficient power
2 : having or supplied with insufficient power

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Your poor performance can be blamed on your underpowered clothes. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "The Tech Industry's Latest Fitness Craze: Recovery," 24 June 2019 Regularly lauded as the greatest Bulgarian footballer of all time, Stoichkov was a phenomenal forward, racking up 37 goals in 83 appearances for a decidedly underpowered nation. SI.com, "The 50 Greatest Footballers Who Never Won the World Cup," 2 July 2019 But the Olds was undersized and underpowered, and went out of production after 1904. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Endangered species? SUVs squeezing out affordable, entry-level cars," 22 June 2019 The sub-$100 smartphone space may be filled with outdated and underpowered Android phones, but most of them have at least one reason to buy them—an aluminum frame, big battery, fingerprint sensor, something. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "RCA's 100th anniversary Android phone is the Victrola of 2019 smartphones," 10 May 2019 On the downside, not all hubs are created equal, with many of them being underpowered or lacking in useful expansions, like an SD card slot or an Ethernet port. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "Some of our favorite USB-C hubs are cheaper than ever for Verge readers," 1 Aug. 2018 This is one of those underpowered Radeon RX 560s with fewer stream processors (896 instead of 1,024) and compute units (14 instead of 16). Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Get great graphics cards for cheap in Newegg's GPU sales blitz," 3 Aug. 2018 Nobody's stealing an underpowered electric minicar while marooned on an island. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "All Glory to the Renault Twizy, the Greatest Electric Car in the World*," 19 Apr. 2018 Yet much of the art in this part of the show feels underpowered, and that goes double at an unassuming art space in the west of the city, where the show really collapses. Jason Farago, New York Times, "At the Berlin Biennale, the Art of Saying ‘No’," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of underpowered

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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