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

Definition of undersized

: 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 An undersized linebacker, Scangarello’s playing career ended with his high school graduation. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 8 Mar. 2022 Cody Riley also enhanced his prospects with a strong run in the NCAA tournament, reminding some of undersized power forward Craig Smith. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2021 Tom Cruise stars as Stefan Djordjevic, an undersized Ampipe High linebacker who runs afoul of his coach — played by Craig T. Nelson — and is kicked off the team, killing his college hopes. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Dec. 2020 Bernard is undersized but has good range and plays the pass well. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 30 Apr. 2022 The 6-5 forward is arguably one of the top offensive rebounders in the NBA, despite being undersized, and has notched two double-doubles. James Boyd, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Apr. 2022 The three-point line can be a great equalizer for underdogs, who are usually also undersized. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, 28 Mar. 2022 Geary has stressed all season his undersized team had to focus on rebounding and noted PRP had eight second-chance points in the first quarter alone Tuesday night. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 2 Mar. 2022 Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan has done an admirable job in his second season on the West Side, winning with an undersized team that’s still learning how to play together. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, 9 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of undersized

1706, in the meaning defined above

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21 May 2022

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“Undersized.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undersized. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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