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
Recent Examples on the Web Calzada’s father, Hector , said his son was 5-foot-8-inches as a sophomore in high school back home in Georgia, but despite being considered undersized for quarterback, worked tirelessly to develop a strong arm and rapid release. Brent Zwerneman, ExpressNews.com, "For Aggies, varying paths to the top," 11 July 2020 Yet the engine's power rating is hardly undersized. Michael Jordan, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1982 Honda City Makes a Case for Minicars in America," 9 July 2020 Okongwu is an undersized big man who was off the radar until recent months. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Best player fits in NBA draft for the eight teams whose seasons are already over," 7 July 2020 And, either way, the NBA is now littered with undersized bigs. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons NBA mock draft roundup: Popular picks are emerging," 7 July 2020 Both were undersized linemen who went on to distinguished careers — Whittier as a lawyer; Ploetz, an artist — and neither played pro football. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "Lawyer for Julius Whittier’s family hopes latest CTE lawsuit reveals the truth long denied many college athletes," 1 July 2020 Listed at 6-2, 285 pounds, Glover was an undersized but wildly effective defensive tackle. John Owning, Dallas News, "Favorite Dallas Cowboys of all time? John Owning breaks down his top 3, none of whom are skill position players," 19 June 2020 At 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, Mechals was still slightly undersized at Grand Canyon. oregonlive, "From McMinnville to the MLB: Coaches reflect on Kade Mechals’ journey," 16 June 2020 Weighing in just north of 300 pounds, Ratliff was an undersized nose tackle (for the time) in a 3-4 defense who used his quickness and leverage to absorb blocks and disrupt the backfield. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 underrated players on the Cowboys’ 2020 roster, including the glue that holds the D-line together," 3 June 2020

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First Known Use of undersized

1706, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jul 2020

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“Undersized.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undersized. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of undersized

: smaller than the usual size

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