un·​der·​sized | \ ˌən-dər-ˈsīzd \
variants: or less commonly undersize \ ˌən-​dər-​ˈsīz \

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 20-year-old was an undersized power forward for the Spartans, and is attempting to make the transition to small forward. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "NBA draft: Luka Doncic leads group of swing-player prospects," 20 June 2018 Baker is a speedy yet undersized linebacker who should make an impact on special teams and in certain defensive packages as a weakside linebacker. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "The Miami Dolphins will get a partial look at their new roster at rookie minicamp," 11 May 2018 The college admission services company Princeton Review recommends interviewing undergraduates on the quad, staying overnight in a dorm and tracking down campus flaws, such as undersized gyms. Jay Mathews, Washington Post, "Why should college visits be forced marches with clipboards?," 22 Apr. 2018 Played primarily as a center for Missouri State but is somewhat undersized. The Si Staff, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft: Ranking Best Bigs Available," 14 June 2018 The performance wheels and tires—19-inch up front and 20-inch in rear, wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2—look curiously undersized in the wheel wells. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Corvette ZR1: The Last, and Best, of Its Kind," 28 Nov. 2018 Broncos hang tough on the boards Despite being undersized, Boise State entered Friday's game toe-to-toe with Louisville in rebounding stats. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Instant analysis: Louisville women's basketball shuts down Boise State in NCAA first round," 16 Mar. 2018 Decatur High School plays home games/matches in all three sports off campus and (in the case of baseball and softball) on undersized fields. Bill Banks, ajc, "Plan for old UMCH property favors passive, ‘park-like’ green space," 30 June 2018 He’s built more like a shooting guard but may be best suited as an undersized four-man. Si Wire, SI.com, "Clippers Select Miles Bridges With 12th Pick, Trade Rights to Hornets," 21 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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