understaffed

adjective
un·​der·​staffed | \ ˌən-dər-ˈstaft How to pronounce understaffed (audio) \

Definition of understaffed

: inadequately staffed

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Other Words from understaffed

understaffing \ ˌən-​dər-​ˈsta-​fiŋ How to pronounce understaffing (audio) \ noun

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Their complaints include being understaffed and a lack of training for tasks they are required to perform outside their normal job duties. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Contract baggage handlers, wheelchair agents at Denver International Airport go on strike, citing unsafe working conditions," 18 June 2019 Alaska State Troopers, currently understaffed by about 40 people, have been forced to re-organize their patrols, pulling troopers out of some areas full-time to staff higher-crime communities. USA Today, "A deadly place: Alaska is the most dangerous state for women, now they're fighting back," 25 June 2019 The Forest Service is underfunded and understaffed, Brown said, which leads to long delays and backlogs that can slow projects. Anna M. Phillips, latimes.com, "Forest Service seeks to exempt some logging and mining from environmental review rules," 12 June 2019 Because there are no resident-to-staff requirements by Medicare, Muthara wrote, some facilities end up being understaffed. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "6 Kentucky nursing homes were cited for 'poor care.' Here's how to know if yours is safe," 6 June 2019 The board also approved 26 new positions for the Elections Department, which Fontes has said many times is understaffed. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Maricopa County is already trying to prevent a 2020 voting disaster. Here's how," 7 Nov. 2018 The escalating demand has overwhelmed the understaffed immigration bureaucracy, which has also suffered budget cuts. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, latimes.com, "At Mexico’s southern border, migrants feel the pinch of a crackdown spurred by U.S.," 13 June 2019 The escalating demand has overwhelmed the understaffed immigration bureaucracy, which has also suffered budget cuts. San Diego Union-Tribune, "At Mexico’s southern border, migrants feel the pinch of a crackdown spurred by U.S.," 13 June 2019 Nursing is another chronically understaffed profession, and Ms. Marumo, 42, wanted to put her nearly two decades of experience to work. Motoko Rich, New York Times, "Japan Desperately Needs More Day Care Workers. New Mothers Need Not Apply.," 9 June 2019

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First Known Use of understaffed

1891, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of understaffed was in 1891

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understaffed

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of understaffed

: not having enough workers : having a staff that is too small

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