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[uhn-der-sahyzd] /ˈʌn dərˈsaɪzd/
smaller than the usual or normal size.
Origin of undersized
First recorded in 1650-60; under- + size1 + -ed3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Most of them were undersized, some tough, some rather sickly.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • Rollit will follow in the interests of undersized flat-fish.

  • He had a most amiable feeling towards it, were it ever so frowsy and undersized and sallow.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • In the language of the country they meant runty, mean-figured, undersized.

    From Place to Place

    Irvin S. Cobb
  • He was an undersized child with a pinched, intelligent face.

    The Status Civilization Robert Sheckley
  • He was said to be undersized, red-haired, and somewhat freckled.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • This was said by the undersized Napoleon, looking up straight into Alexander's eyes.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • They had grown and changed; and Hanny felt quite as if she were undersized.

    A Little Girl of Long Ago Amanda Millie Douglas
  • Most of them were undersized men with sagging shoulders and primitive faces.

    One Way Out William Carleton
  • He was an undersized, dapper little man, with almost no chin.

    The Cricket Marjorie Cooke
British Dictionary definitions for undersized


of less than usual size
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