un·der·staffed | \ˌən-dər-ˈstaft \

Definition of understaffed 

: inadequately staffed

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understaffing \ˌən-dər-ˈsta-fiŋ \ noun

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In a notoriously chaotic and understaffed administration, Cutts says, the digital service has quietly endured. Trisha Thadani, SFChronicle.com, "U.S. Digital Service, Obama’s White House ‘startup,’ finding its way under Trump," 19 June 2018 Two weeks ago, President Trump finally found a new attorney to lead the understaffed team handling his response to the Russia probe: his old friend Rudy Giuliani. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "In One Hannity Interview, Giuliani Blew Up Trump’s Arguments in 3 Legal Cases," 3 May 2018 Both went to an understaffed rehabilitation facility after leaving the hospital, and both bounced right back to the hospital — five times altogether — because of complications. Judith Graham, Washington Post, "A Hospital’s Human Touch: Why Taking Care In Discharging A Patient Matters," 12 July 2018 Top jobs at Treasury, Justice, Defense and State remain unfilled as an understaffed Trump Administration grapples with a host of international challenges. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Senate Obstruction in Profile," 24 June 2018 The move, in the works for more than a year, has been fully implemented this summer and has the understaffed warden force scrambling. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin warden shortage and changes in responsibilities raise concerns," 14 July 2018 New hires are getting $2,000 signing bonuses at some prisons and some officers are temporarily receiving an extra $1 an hour at the most understaffed prisons. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "GOP leaders say wage increases not on table despite Wisconsin prison overtime costs, staffing shortage," 12 July 2018 One Los Angeles Times article published Thursday reports that these shelters are understaffed and unequipped to handle the thousands of unaccompanied children who will be filling them. Anne Branigin, The Root, "We’ve Been Here Before: A Psychologist Calls Out the Horrifying Familiarity of America’s Treatment of Migrant Children," 15 June 2018 To start, the Federal Election Commission remains understaffed at the highest levels. Gregory Krieg, CNN, "Legal? Yes. Ethical? Meh. Our flimsy campaign finance and lobbying laws," 14 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of understaffed

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

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