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[uhn-der-feed for 1; uhn-der-feed for 2]
verb (used with object), un·der·fed, un·der·feed·ing.
  1. to feed insufficiently.
  2. to feed with fuel from beneath.
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Origin of underfeed

First recorded in 1650–60; under- + feed
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Examples from the Web for underfeed

Historical Examples of underfeed

  • The most complacent Britisher cannot hope to draw off the life-blood, and underfeed, and keep it up forever.

    The People of the Abyss

    Jack London

  • Underfeed your rank and file, and what sort of a fight are you going to put up against your rivals.

  • It is a much more serious risk to overfeed the baby than to underfeed him.

British Dictionary definitions for underfeed


verb (ˌʌndəˈfiːd) -feeds, -feeding or -fed (tr)
  1. to give too little food to
  2. to supply (a furnace, engine, etc) with fuel from beneath
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noun (ˈʌndəˌfiːd)
  1. an apparatus by which fuel, etc, is supplied from below
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