un·​der·​sized | \ˌən-dər-ˈsīzd \
variants: or less commonly undersize \ˌən-​dər-​ˈsīz \

Definition of undersized 

: of a size less than is common, proper, normal, or average undersized trout

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Examples of undersized in a Sentence

He is undersized for a basketball player. though a football all-star in high school, he was just a mediocre, undersized player at the college level

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The undersized cages sold for tomatoes work perfectly for supporting lightweight ground cherries and will keep them from sprawling. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Hundreds of Ground Cherries," 31 July 2018 Coming in at 400 square feet, this unit squeezes every inch out of its undersized frame, packing a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and living room into the compact space. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "New prefab home can be yours for under $100K," 24 July 2018 Adding his size and defensive ability should make a big difference for MU, which often found itself in mismatches last season by playing two undersized guards in Rowsey and Markus Howard. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marquette lands graduate transfer guard Joseph Chartouny from Fordham," 20 Apr. 2018 Against a Golden State team that started five players at least 6-foot-6 on Saturday, there is simply no place to hide an undersized shooting guard. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Spurs face tough choices in dealing with Durant, Thompson," 15 Apr. 2018 An undersized linebacker at 6-feet and 215 pounds, Brown arrived in college as a wide receiver, moved to safety, and then went to linebacker. Zach Berman, Philly.com, "What to know about Eagles' undrafted rookies | Early Birds," 16 May 2018 Recent first-round picks like Mark Barron (2012) and Deone Bucannon (2014) entered the NFL as safeties before making their marks as athletic, if undersized, linebackers. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "18 questions leading into the 2018 NFL draft," 26 Apr. 2018 Phillips, who agreed to a one-year deal, helped reshape the team's defense on second and third down by essentially acting as an undersized linebacker. Dan Woike, latimes.com, "Chargers bringing in kicker Janikowski for look-see; sign safety Phillips, tight end Green," 15 Mar. 2018 The Hyundai Kona is an undersized overachiever in the burgeoning segment of subcompact SUV crossovers. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Hyundai Kona: A big deal in a small space," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of undersized

1706, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of undersized was in 1706

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English Language Learners Definition of undersized

: smaller than the usual size

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