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

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Southern Miss’ undersized, fast defense will compete hard. Christopher Smith, al, "Week 2 SEC football betting preview," 7 Sep. 2019 Like Manziel, Mayfield was cocky and undersized, and had been arrested for disorderly conduct while in college. Sean Gregory/cleveland, Time, "“It's Time.” The Cleveland Browns Are Ready to Start Winning," 22 Aug. 2019 From such early human-animal relationships came many generations of breeding in which people bred animals with the most beneficial traits and discarded the undersized, truculent, or otherwise undesirable creatures. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Domesticated animals, explained," 4 July 2019 Being undersized saps productivity as firms lack the capacity to adopt new technologies. The Economist, "The economic policy at the heart of Europe is creaking," 12 Sep. 2019 The Big Three of men’s tennis had dwindled to the Lone One before Rafael Nadal took to the court Wednesday night for his quarterfinal against spunky but undersized 5-foot-7 Diego Schwartzman. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Rafael Nadal rises to challenge to reach U.S. Open semifinals," 4 Sep. 2019 To reduce flooding issues, the old triple cell culvert at the bottom of the hill, which was deteriorated and undersized, was replaced with a large arch pipe that will significantly increase the capacity for stormwater flow under the road. Erika Butler, baltimoresun.com, "Section of Tollgate Road in Bel Air re-opened after nearly a year," 3 Sep. 2019 Wynn is also undersized for a tackle at 6 feet 3 inches. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, "Patriots offense has questions, but is there any doubt they’ll figure it out?," 2 Sep. 2019 Reyes and Matys starred on an undersized but mighty squad that stunned Sacred Heart Prep 35-34 in the section championship game as the No. Matt Schwab, The Mercury News, "Bay Area Preps HQ football preview: No. 22 Aptos," 22 July 2019

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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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