Definition of underfed in English:

underfed

adjective

  • Insufficiently fed or nourished.

    ‘a horse that is underfed is likely to be dull and lethargic’
    • ‘The food was sparse and the children were underfed.’
    • ‘Dietary intake is linked to risks for developing a variety of chronic diseases that are disabling and life threatening - not only for the underfed, but also for the overweight.’
    • ‘This could be due to the fact that the countries still have large poverty pockets where populations are underfed.’
    • ‘They were underfed, underclothed, and low on ammunition.’
    • ‘There are many more underfed people in the region, but at least this could have filled the stomachs of the most needy and marginalised people.’
    • ‘He saw how people seemed thinner and underfed, almost sickly.’
    • ‘The young people of this neighbourhood are underfed, uneducated and looking for a way out.’
    • ‘It would be a great shame and a waste of time and money if the flowers were left dry and underfed, therefore any help with maintaining them would be truly appreciated.’
    • ‘I wondered how his thin, underfed body coped with that kind of work in the hot sun everyday.’
    • ‘There should be plenty of thunder left in the powerful arms and lower body he has developed since arriving in America as an underfed teenager with bright eyes and a voracious appetite for success.’
    • ‘Elentia glanced down at her own underfed waist.’
    • ‘My muscles feel like they have been overworked and underfed.’
    • ‘Some of the dogs are poorly fed or underfed, perhaps because after spending a lot of money to buy them, their owners do not want to spend any more to get them proper food.’
    • ‘Whilst not as stark as rumours suggest it is in the countryside, children in the capital do look quite thin and underfed.’
    • ‘A vet believed he had been underfed for at least six months.’
    • ‘On May 12 th he had yet another ailment, probably from being run down and underfed, and missed his class at college due to a sore throat.’
    • ‘The army was poorly clothed, badly equipped, short on supplies, lacked proper transportation, and was underfed.’
    • ‘But work is sought by many and not easily found by a frail-looking, pale and even slightly underfed, poor girl of thirteen.’
    • ‘His face was round, not fat, but definitely not underfed.’
    • ‘She had long, brown tatty hair and wore clothes that were nothing more than rags that hung loosely off her fragile, underfed body.’
    slim, lean, slender, rangy, willowy, svelte, sylphlike, spare, slight
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Pronunciation

underfed

/ʌndəˈfɛd/