underqualified

adjective
un·​der·​qual·​i·​fied | \ ˌən-dər-ˈkwä-lə-ˌfīd How to pronounce underqualified (audio) \

Definition of underqualified

: lacking sufficient qualifications (such as adequate education and experience) for a particular job, assignment, etc. an underqualified candidate … if entrants are greatly underqualified academically, new curricula will be required.— Julian C. Stanley

First Known Use of underqualified

1624, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About underqualified

Time Traveler for underqualified

Time Traveler

The first known use of underqualified was in 1624

See more words from the same year

Statistics for underqualified

Cite this Entry

“Underqualified.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underqualified. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Return of Name that Color!

  • a light greenish blue color
  • Name that color:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!