[uhn-der-staft, -stahft]


having an insufficient number of personnel: The hospital is understaffed.

Origin of understaffed

First recorded in 1890–95; under- + staff1 + -ed3
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Historical Examples of understaffed

  • The estate was understaffed, underfinanced, and the repairs were always in arrear.


    Mary Cholmondeley

  • She says the school is understaffed and that the governors have consented to her obtaining some extra assistance.

    Loyal to the School

    Angela Brazil

  • But I will say that according to other institutions, that this institution was also understaffed.

    Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

  • As always, they were overworked and understaffed, they did their quick survey and rushed on to some new planet job.

    Do Unto Others

    Mark Clifton

British Dictionary definitions for understaffed



not having enough staffher department is understaffed
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