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[uhn-der-nur-isht, -nuhr-] /ˌʌn dərˈnɜr ɪʃt, -ˈnʌr-/
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
First recorded in 1925-30; under- + nourish + -ed2
Related forms
undernourishment, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • What grace she had was an athlete's, but she looked overtrained or undernourished.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • The calf was undernourished and only weighed two tons when Paul got him.

  • 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.

  • The heart, if undernourished, lays its foundation for future heart disease, and the whole system will be injured for life.

    Diet and Health Lulu Hunt Peters
  • Both were thin and wiry, with the gaunt lines of the undernourished showing plainly.

    Claire Leslie Burton Blades
  • Far too often we find children of the very poor who are undernourished because of lack of food fuel.

    Food Guide for War Service at Home

    Katharine Blunt, Frances L. Swain, and Florence Powdermaker
  • The person may feel satisfied, but he will be undernourished nevertheless.

    Food Guide for War Service at Home

    Katharine Blunt, Frances L. Swain, and Florence Powdermaker
Word Origin and History for undernourished

also under-nourished, 1910, from under + past participle of nourish.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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