Definition of underqualified in English:

underqualified

adjective

  • Insufficiently qualified for a particular job.

    • ‘Okay if anyone agrees with any of my very underqualified but intensely heartfelt, and passionate, article, please write back and tell me if you somehow agree.’
    • ‘Who in their right mind would turn down the job of their dreams even though deep down they know themselves to be grotesquely underqualified for said job?’
    • ‘The strength of the college's partnerships, as well as its collaboration with the local workforce development board, has made employment possible for many students, especially previously underqualified adult workers.’
    • ‘Also, a report from October 1997 indicated that 42% of teachers were not qualified or were underqualified.’
    • ‘I'm in desperate need of a new job, and have an interview for a great position (which honestly, I'm a tad underqualified for) at an incredibly cool company tomorrow.’
    • ‘Unlike virtually every other correctional center in the country, Hampden County doesn't rely on underpaid, often underqualified, overworked in-house docs.’
    • ‘And some schools don't help much, offering overcrowded classes, underqualified teachers, inadequate resources and overwhelmed administrators.’
    • ‘The underqualified will have to direct their efforts into jobs that do not require qualifications.’
    • ‘I'm sure the technicians are either underqualified or underfunded.’
    • ‘And the numbers are even grimmer in neighborhoods like Johnny's, where students are five times more likely to have underqualified teachers.’
    • ‘Interviewees indicated that less able children were unlikely to learn in overcrowded schools with underqualified teachers.’
    • ‘Not that anything catastrophic happened, mind you, but I felt extremely underqualified to handle some of the things these kids were doing.’
    • ‘The ever-growing need for more teachers has meant that underqualified individuals are hired.’
    • ‘At the high skill end, some appear underqualified because they have learnt on the job over a number of years.’
    • ‘The stories begin to accumulate, each one a random intrusion by dumb, underqualified government authorities who seem to have watched too much television and have very little common sense.’
    • ‘Yes, and I don't like the insinuation that I'm overpaid and underqualified!’
    • ‘It's precisely the kind of job I'm interested in (and was applying for this summer) - I'm not unqualified by any stretch, just a tad underqualified by the specifics of this particular job announcement.’
    • ‘I'm so totally underqualified it's ridiculous.’
    • ‘I think the problem here is that these conservative scholars are afraid of being regarded as underqualified.’
    • ‘Earth science either is not taught in schools or is taught by underqualified teachers, so students have little awareness of geoscience or jobs in the field, and we lose bright students to biology, chemistry, and physics.’

Pronunciation

underqualified

/ʌndəˈkwɒlɪfʌɪd/