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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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  • They are an undersized people, the men being only five feet in height on an average, and the women still less.

    The Pearl of India Maturin M. Ballou
  • He was said to be undersized, red-haired, and somewhat freckled.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • I accordingly did so, acting as spokesman for the battered, undersized foreigners who represented the Union and the workers.

    Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt
  • This was said by the undersized Napoleon, looking up straight into Alexander's eyes.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • He was the village tobacconist, an undersized man, at whose shop Marie was in the habit of making small purchases.

    The Confession of a Fool August Strindberg
  • They had grown and changed; and Hanny felt quite as if she were undersized.

    A Little Girl of Long Ago Amanda Millie Douglas
  • She was plump and undersized, always dodging under the elbows of taller people and clattering about on high heels, much run over.

  • Rollit will follow in the interests of undersized flat-fish.

  • And not merely love, but one of those grand noble loves; for though Maggie is undersized she has a passion for romance.

    What Every Woman Knows James M. Barrie
  • Most of them were undersized men with sagging shoulders and primitive faces.

    One Way Out William Carleton
British Dictionary definitions for undersized


of less than usual size
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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