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[uhn-der-mand] /ˌʌn dərˈmænd/
lacking a normal or sufficient work force, complement of troops, or the like; understaffed; short-handed.
Origin of undermanned
First recorded in 1865-70; under- + manned Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The ships were undermanned, for the sailors, too, had been ashore feasting.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • The expedition had been poorly outfitted and undermanned from the beginning.

    Despoilers of the Golden Empire Gordon Randall Garrett
  • As we were undermanned, it was necessary to be very careful in that respect.

    Peter Biddulph W.H.G. Kingston
  • There should have been twenty, but to be undermanned has been English fashion since Agincourt.

    A Tramp's Notebook Morley Roberts
  • This too was undermanned and the two women at once took their places at the oars.

  • It looks as though Jaggard's printing office was undermanned.

    The Mystery of Francis Bacon William T. Smedley
  • Bob had little leisure, for the Service was undermanned for the work it must do.

    The Rules of the Game Stewart Edward White
  • To send an undermanned fleet into the Mediterranean, while France was preparing a blow at Ireland, seemed almost foolhardy.

    William Pitt and the Great War John Holland Rose
  • The Spanish ships, if higher and of greater size, and therefore dangerous at close quarters, were unwieldy and undermanned.

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