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[uhn-der-duhn] /ˈʌn dərˈdʌn/
(of food) not thoroughly cooked; not cooked enough.
Chiefly British. (of meat) rare.
Origin of underdone
1675-85; under- + done


[uhn-der-doo] /ˌʌn dərˈdu/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), underdid, underdone, underdoing.
to do less or in a lesser fashion than is usual or requisite.
1605-15; under- + do1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Even in the case of underdone meats, in whatever way prepared, it is usually only a small portion which is unaffected by cooking.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • She had not forgiven Paul for the episode of the underdone mutton.

    Happy House Betsey Riddle, Freifrau von Hutten zum Stolzenberg
  • There must always be risk in underdone pork, whether boiled or roasted.

  • underdone pork, shoat, or pig, is both unpalatable and unwholesome.

    Housekeeping in Old Virginia Marion Cabell Tyree
  • They also require longer cooking, in proportion to their size, than game, and never should be underdone.

    The Story of Crisco Marion Harris Neil
  • This flavour is lost by cooking, unless the mushroom be underdone.

    Mushroom Culture W. Robinson
  • Veal is better when a little overdone; it is not good, and operates like physic, if underdone.

  • Venison must be underdone, red in the middle, and full of gravy, but not raw.

  • underdone meat is an abomination to some, a luxury to others—reminding one of that very ancient proverb, “Tastes differ.”

    The Hot Swamp R.M. Ballantyne
  • Take three woodcocks, underdone, and cut them into neat portions.

    Cakes & Ale Edward Spencer
British Dictionary definitions for underdone


insufficiently or lightly cooked
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for underdone

1680s, in reference to cooked meat, from under + done.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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