- not nourished with sufficient or proper food to maintain or promote health or normal growth.
- not given essential elements for proper development: emotionally undernourished.
Origin of undernourished
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Examples from the Web for undernourished
“He was undernourished, not necessarily malnourished,” she said.Obama Shut Out Congress for 2 Years About Bergdahl Deal, Key Senator Says
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What grace she had was an athlete's, but she looked overtrained or undernourished.We Can't Have Everything
The calf was undernourished and only weighed two tons when Paul got him.The Marvelous Exploits of Paul Bunyan
W. B. Laughead
In their present undernourished condition the public could not face a defeat.Germany, The Next Republic?
Carl W. Ackerman
If the nervous system is undernourished, it becomes disorganized and undeveloped.Diet and Health
Lulu Hunt Peters
She had learned grammar, but no language; her soul was undernourished.Look Back on Happiness
Word Origin and History for undernourished
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