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  1. (of food) not thoroughly cooked; not cooked enough.
  2. Chiefly British. (of meat) rare.
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Origin of underdone

First recorded in 1675–85; under- + done


verb (used with or without object), un·der·did, un·der·done, un·der·do·ing.
  1. to do less or in a lesser fashion than is usual or requisite.
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Origin of underdo

First recorded in 1605–15; under- + do1
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Historical Examples

  • If it isn't done, don't keep them waiting, but let them have it underdone.

    Chatterbox, 1905.


  • They might say of her, on the contrary, that she is underdone.

  • She had not forgiven Paul for the episode of the underdone mutton.

    Happy House

    Betsey Riddle, Freifrau von Hutten zum Stolzenberg

  • Underdone pork, shoat, or pig, is both unpalatable and unwholesome.

    Housekeeping in Old Virginia

    Marion Cabell Tyree

  • If underdone, and left greenish or whitish, they have a raw bitter taste.

British Dictionary definitions for underdone


  1. insufficiently or lightly cooked
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Word Origin and History for underdone


1680s, in reference to cooked meat, from under + done.

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