undersized

adjective
un·​der·​sized | \ ˌən-dər-ˈsīzd How to pronounce undersized (audio) \
variants: or less commonly undersize \ ˌən-​dər-​ˈsīz How to pronounce undersize (audio) \

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The only major thing left to fix after this year is the outdated and undersized press box. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Imagine Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at a Home Run Derby at Wrigley Field — could that happen in 2022?," 9 July 2019 Like Sainristil, who turned everyone's head in spring ball as an early enrollee, Jackson is an undersized receiver with elite speed and next-level agility in space. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football: Giles Jackson seems built for this offense," 1 July 2019 Slightly undersized, maybe Martin (5-11, 205 pounds) will be better off transferring to a Group of 5 team. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al.com, "Transfer adventures of former Alabama prep star are new norm," 28 June 2019 And leading up to the injury, the 6-foot-9 Durant made himself even more of a villain by getting into a fiery exchange with undersized guard Fred VanVleet near the basket. Curtis Rush, courant.com, "Toronto, ‘embarrassed’ by fans who cheered Kevin Durant’s injury, seeks to make amends," 12 June 2019 Suddenly, instead of going into a contract year healthy and likely to fetch $100 million, Mr. Thomas was an undersized 30-year-old with a bum hip. Devin Gordon, New York Times, "Meet the Money Whisperer to the Super-Rich N.B.A. Elite," 6 June 2019 The mobile and undersized Martell saw the writing on the wall after Urban Meyer decided to retire. Mitch Stacy, The Seattle Times, "Is there really a quarterback competition at Ohio State?," 13 Apr. 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 offensive toolkit is there, but York is undersized and doesn’t significantly impact play in the defensive zone. Dan Falkenheim, SI.com, "Looking at the Best Players by Position for the 2019 NHL Draft," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of undersized

1706, in the meaning defined above

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undersized

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of undersized

: smaller than the usual size

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