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 The poor shooting highlighted other glaring weaknesses in the Sky’s roster construction, including the lack of a committed point guard and an undersized paint presence. Julia Poe, Chicago Tribune, 15 Sep. 2023 O’Neal showed her a video of him stuffing himself into and driving the undersized car on New York City streets in 2019. Tommy Cummings, Dallas News, 12 Sep. 2023 That means Ya-Sin, who dealt with his own nagging injury during training camp, and recent addition Ronald Darby, who’s coming back from a torn ACL, will probably start on the outside for now, with undersized Ar’Darius Washington or former Pittsburgh Steelers starter Arthur Maulet in the slot. Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun, 4 Sep. 2023 For Douglas, an undersized (5 feet 8 inches, 192 pounds) and often underrated player, securing a spot on the 53-man roster would represent the latest accomplishment in his football journey. Nicole Yang, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Aug. 2023 The Patriots don’t have the luxury of being able to release a player like that, even if Cunningham may be a bit undersized and raw as a quarterback. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, 15 Aug. 2023 The roof rafters were the correct size, but the center ridge board was very much undersized. Tim Carter, Chicago Tribune, 25 Aug. 2023 Despite being undersized at 5 feet 8 and 180 pounds, Raymond has averaged 12.5 yards per catch in Detroit while playing both outside and in the slot. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 11 Aug. 2023 At 5 feet 8 inches, Douglas is obviously undersized but he’s caught the vast majority of his targets from backup quarterback Bailey Zappe. Nicole Yang, BostonGlobe.com, 30 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1706, in the meaning defined above

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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 28 Sep. 2023.

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

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