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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There are no hydraulics to fail nor cranking of an undersized bottle jack to raise your vehicle. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Don't Hit the Trail Without a Hi-Lift Jack," 13 Feb. 2017 The powerful effects of his phenomenally difficult shots turned an undersized, overlooked guard into a transcendent NBA talent. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "How LeBron James Became Stephen Curry," 20 Dec. 2018 When Aundre Jackson and Kennedale head basketball coach Doug Groff first met around 2010, Jackson was pushing 250 pounds as an undersized post player. Brian Gosset, star-telegram, "From the state tourney with Kennedale to the Final Four with Loyola-Chicago, Aundre Jackson is living out his dream | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 28 Mar. 2018 Hearn, an undersized post player at 6 feet 5 was undrafted in 2013 out of Northwestern. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons signing Reggie Hearn to 2-way deal, releasing Montero," 14 Jan. 2018 For an undersized post player from Iowa or the next NBA legend, 50 or more points is a monumental achievement. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "For Moeller basketball's Jaxson Hayes and Loveland's Jillian Hayes, mama shoots best," 8 Jan. 2018 Though Washington is undersized and could end up as a defensive tweener at the next level, there’s stuff to like here. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft Big Board 5:0: Marvin Bagley III's Big Talent Is Worth the Bet," 20 Mar. 2018 The league's trend toward undersized centers gives Randle a real market. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "NBA Free Agency 2018: Top 50 Players Available," 25 June 2018 In the mid-second round, the Pacers took a talented, if undersized, shooting guard in Joseph Young. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "NBA draft grades... years later: How grading of recent Pacers' picks holds up," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of undersized

1706, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of undersized

: smaller than the usual size

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