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  • adjective Inadequately fed.
  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of underfeed.

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  • adjective not getting adequate food


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  • In every great aggregation of workers, the faces of the underfed are a little paler and the pulses of the children beat a little less joyously, and the feet are hastened on that journey to the tomb -- all because of those who come to steal and to kill and to destroy.

    The world's great sermons, Volume 08 Talmage to Knox Little

  • [The only photo accompanying this article is one of Sheriff Bartlett, and he sure doesn't look 'underfed' to me … but that extra

    Conceptual Guerilla - Central Command in the War of Ideas

  • The Virginia troops were underfed, underpaid, poorly clad, and overworked, so desertion was a wholesale problem.

    George Washington’s First War

  • Anyone who is underfed and trying to use willpower to not eat is going to be cranky.

    A wedding diet is not a piece of cake

  • Beginner's luck, they wordlessly agreed, anteing again - but then kept a watchful eye on the underfed scrapman who'd just appropriated their potential winnings.

    The DreydelMaker (exerpt)

  • According to most modern historians, the Amerindians were generally taller, stronger and healthier with longer life expectancies than the short, dirty, smelly, underfed Europeans that confronted them at the end of the 15th Century.

    The Logic of the Anti-Columbians

  • Yet I venture to assert that the several almost-square meals lost by underfed William Buggles, and underfed Mrs. Buggles, and the underfed Buggles kiddies, was a greater tragedy than the


  • Anyone who is underfed and trying to use willpower to not eat is going to be cranky.

    A wedding diet is not a piece of cake

  • This week's victim is Casey, who makes the sacrificial decision to work the front of a very unruly house of underfed patrons and leaves her risky chicken-foot experiment in others' hands.

    Matt's TV Week in Review

  • In lieu of the Mahler, Eschenbach offered Mozart's Symphony No. 34, the last of his Salzburg symphonies -- familiar and fresh and not heard often from an orchestra that was rather underfed in the Mozart department under Leonard Slatkin.

    Eschenbach, Mozart, Mahler and the NSO -- getting along famously


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