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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. 2017.
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  • She says the school is understaffed and that the governors have consented to her obtaining some extra assistance.

    Loyal to the School Angela Brazil
  • The estate was understaffed, underfinanced, and the repairs were always in arrear.

    Notwithstanding Mary Cholmondeley
  • 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
  • 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
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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