underpowered

adjective
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

Examples of underpowered in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite its popularity, the two-seat roadster was equipped with an underpowered 2.0-liter straight-six that dated back to before World War II. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 3 Sep. 2021 This is expensive and time-consuming, and recruitment targets are rarely met, leading to underpowered results. Sina Habibi, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 Chromebooks are often underpowered, but not this 13-inch Lenovo, which packs an Intel Core i3 processor. Parker Hall, Wired, 22 June 2021 Westman’s Hamilton, slightly underpowered in the early going, cuts a deepening poetic figure as Hamilton’s tragic end draws near. Los Angeles Times, 27 Aug. 2021 The Kasners had two cars: the standard East German Trabant, an underpowered little box that has become the subject of kitschy Ostalgia, and a more luxurious Wartburg, their official church car. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 Reaching the middle of nowhere, or at least its general vicinity, was a lengthy process, with my underpowered rental car straining every time the road went up (that is, all the time). New York Times, 4 Aug. 2021 The Kasners had two cars: the standard East German Trabant, an underpowered little box that has become the subject of kitschy Ostalgia, and a more luxurious Wartburg, their official church car. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 5 Aug. 2021 Hancock, who has the toughest challenge of playing both hero and villain, occasionally seems underpowered. Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2021

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First Known Use of underpowered

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Underpowered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underpowered. Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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