un·​der·​sized ˌən-dər-ˈsīzd How to pronounce undersized (audio)
variants or less commonly undersize
: of a size less than is common, proper, normal, or average
undersized trout

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 Though a bit undersized and not much of an outside scoring threat, the New Jersey native is shifty with the ball in his hands and knows how to get to the rim. C.j. Holmes, New York Daily News, 28 June 2024 Among the options, baring a late surge by one or more up the board past the Heat’s pick, are: Duke guard Jared McCain: A 6-foot-2 undersized lights-out shooter who offers passable playmaking and competitive defense for his size. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 22 June 2024 An undersized 13-year-old freshman at Leland, Tillman had muscular forearms and calves, according to Hill, and was extremely athletic. Jerry McDonald, Hartford Courant, 22 Apr. 2024 So the Kings weren’t about to entrust their offense to an undersized rookie gunner. Sean Gregory, TIME, 25 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for undersized 

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Word History

First Known Use

1706, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of undersized was in 1706

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“Undersized.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undersized. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


un·​der·​sized ˌən-dər-ˈsīzd How to pronounce undersized (audio)
: smaller than is usual or standard
undersized fruit

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