understaffed

adjective

un·​der·​staffed ˌən-dər-ˈstaft How to pronounce understaffed (audio)
: inadequately staffed
understaffing noun

Examples of understaffed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Employee exhaustion was a factor in the Freeport explosion; reports later found the plant was understaffed and employees working overtime were pushed to fatigue, leading workers to miss the broken pipe. Ella Nilsen, CNN, 20 Mar. 2024 Many industries, including oil refining, cars and airlines, cut staff and production in 2020 at the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic, leaving them understaffed when demand for travel roared back. Nigel Chiwaya, NBC News, 13 Feb. 2024 The complaint against the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services alleges the facility is chronically understaffed with as few as five staffers for as many as 40 residents. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, 18 Jan. 2024 Bloomberg Hotel owners have been hiring en masse, but are still severely understaffed. Emma Burleigh, Fortune, 29 Feb. 2024 During the 2023 offensive, Ukrainian operations were largely fought by pairs of companies under the close management of an understaffed brigade command post. Jack Watling, Foreign Affairs, 3 Jan. 2024 Loupe pointed out that the SEP outlines provisions in which inspectors from other districts can be reassigned to help understaffed offices like his own. Maya Miller, Sacramento Bee, 22 Feb. 2024 Meanwhile, flight attendants have endured increasingly unruly passengers, understaffed flights and tough working conditions. Vinod Sreeharsha, Miami Herald, 15 Feb. 2024 But America’s health care system is woefully understaffed. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 8 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of understaffed was in 1891

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“Understaffed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/understaffed. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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