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

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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 Keller football coach Carl Stralow admits that his team is undersized. Dallas News, 20 Sep. 2021 Samuel is undersized but plays bigger than his 5-foot-10, 180-pound frame. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2021 Plus, Mobley, the No. 3 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, is one of the team’s most gifted players and the kind of defender that helps mask limitations of the undersized -- and oftentimes exploited -- backcourt. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 5 Oct. 2021 Cigarroa looked undersized and didn’t appear to have the playmakers needed to offset the disparity in the trenches. Zach Mason, San Antonio Express-News, 1 Oct. 2021 If Bam Adebayo is stationed at the 3-point line, and if the Heat, as anticipated, go undersized at power forward, then who handles the offensive rebounds? Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 28 Sep. 2021 Pretty good company — fast company too — for an undersized kid out of the Northeast-10 conference. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Sep. 2021 Ragin’ Cajuns quarterback Levi Lewis, an undersized but athletic left-hander, is back for his third full season as a starter. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 23 Sep. 2021 Wallace was emotional and poetic in describing his upbringing as an undersized big man who carved out a role on defense, winning defensive player of the year four times. Jimmy Golen, chicagotribune.com, 12 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of undersized

1706, in the meaning defined above

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“Undersized.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undersized. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of undersized

: smaller than the usual size

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