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underemployed

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

RELATED WORDS

idle, inactive, jobless, down, loafing, free, disengaged, fired, resting, unoccupied, unused, leisured, unapplied, unengaged

Nearby words

underdressed, underdrive, undereducate, underemphasis, underemphasize, underemployed, underendowed, underestimate, underexpose, underexposed, underexposure

Origin of underemployed

First recorded in 1905–10; under- + employ + -ed2
Related formsun·der·em·ploy·ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for underemployed

underemployed

/ (ˌʌndərɪmˈplɔɪd) /

adjective

not fully or adequately employed
Derived Formsunderemployment, noun
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