understaffed

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

Definition of understaffed

: inadequately staffed

Other Words from understaffed

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

Examples of understaffed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like a lot of public mental-health facilities across the country, H.S.H. is overcrowded and understaffed: It was meant to have around 170 beds but recently accommodated more than 230. New York Times, 26 July 2022 At the same time, thanks to Joe Biden and Tim Ryan's attack on America's police, our local law enforcement is understaffed and underfunded. Aubrie Spady, Fox News, 23 July 2022 But when these centers are understaffed and under-resourced, a catchall approach may not be helping students much. Megan Leonhardt, Fortune, 12 July 2022 In many cases, implementing an RBVM can reduce the number of necessary FTEs, helping unburden already understaffed and underfunded teams. Lisa Xu, Forbes, 21 June 2022 Schools in Harford County are extremely overcrowded and understaffed. Baltimore Sun, 17 May 2022 Most of that work will fall to the Illinois Gaming Board, a state agency that has historically been understaffed and underfunded. Dan Petrella, Chicago Tribune, 15 May 2022 Critics on the left were appalled by the decrepit, overcrowded and understaffed hospitals. Richard J. Mcnally, WSJ, 13 May 2022 In Nigeria, such institutions today are typically understaffed and overcrowded, and routinely include abuse such as chaining patients to the floor. Ogar Monday, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 May 2022 See More

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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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5 Aug 2022

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“Understaffed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/understaffed. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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