[uhn-der-grohn, uhn-der-grohn]
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  1. not grown to normal size or height: sickly and undergrown cattle.
  2. having an undergrowth: an undergrown thicket tangled with creeping vines.

Origin of undergrown

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at under-, grown
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Historical Examples of undergrown

  • The banks were thickly covered with great trees, undergrown with brush.

  • The wretched, undergrown youngsters seen in European circuses give no idea of the real size of this noble beast.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan

    Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky

  • As I recall his personality, he was an undergrown youth of sallow complexion and uncertain age.

  • All at once Huggins caught sight of an undergrown, misshapen boy scowling from the back of the men and women.


    Clement Wood

  • It was kind of a big head, bald big head, looked like Khrushchev, the child—looked like an undergrown Khrushchev.

    Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

British Dictionary definitions for undergrown


  1. not having the expected height
  2. having undergrowth
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