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[uhn-der-staft, -stahft] /ˌʌn dərˈstæft, -ˈstɑft/
having an insufficient number of personnel:
The hospital is understaffed.
Origin of understaffed
First recorded in 1890-95; under- + staff1 + -ed3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The estate was understaffed, underfinanced, and the repairs were always in arrear.

    Notwithstanding Mary Cholmondeley
  • She says the school is understaffed and that the governors have consented to her obtaining some extra assistance.

    Loyal to the School Angela Brazil
  • But I will say that according to other institutions, that this institution was also understaffed.

    Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • As always, they were overworked and understaffed, they did their quick survey and rushed on to some new planet job.

    Do Unto Others Mark Clifton
British Dictionary definitions for understaffed


not having enough staff: her department is understaffed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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