underemployed

[ uhn-der-em-ploid ]
/ ˌʌn dər ɛmˈplɔɪd /

adjective

employed at a job that does not fully use one's skills or abilities.
employed only part-time when one is available for full-time work.
not utilized fully.

noun

underemployed workers collectively.

Origin of underemployed

First recorded in 1905–10; under- + employ + -ed2

OTHER WORDS FROM underemployed

un·der·em·ploy·ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for under-employed

underemployed
/ (ˌʌndərɪmˈplɔɪd) /

adjective

not fully or adequately employed

Derived forms of underemployed

underemployment, noun
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