lacking a normal or sufficient work force, complement of troops, or the like; understaffed; short-handed.

Origin of undermanned

First recorded in 1865–70; under- + manned
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Related Words for undermanned

incomplete, scarce, short, shy

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  • The ships were undermanned, for the sailors, too, had been ashore feasting.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • The expedition had been poorly outfitted and undermanned from the beginning.

    Despoilers of the Golden Empire

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • As we were undermanned, it was necessary to be very careful in that respect.

    Peter Biddulph

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • There should have been twenty, but to be undermanned has been English fashion since Agincourt.

    A Tramp's Notebook

    Morley Roberts

  • This too was undermanned and the two women at once took their places at the oars.