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[uhn-der-feed for 1; uhn-der-feed for 2] /ˌʌn dərˈfid for 1; ˈʌn dɛrˌfid for 2/
verb (used with object), underfed, underfeeding.
to feed insufficiently.
to feed with fuel from beneath.
Origin of underfeed
1650-60; under- + feed Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The pecuniary struggle produces an underfed class, of large proportions.

  • He has been lonely and underfed, and at the first there was considerable pain.

    The Love Affairs of Pixie Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
  • Their cattle are not allowed to be overworked, or underfed, or abused in any way.

    Folly as It Flies Fanny Fern
  • I ain't sure of the word, but I believe that means thin-blooded or underfed.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • The chief weakness of Great Britain at the present time is an underfed population.

    In Pastures Green Peter McArthur
  • "I take it that you refer to the odor that comes from underfed bodies," I remarked.

    The Iron Ration George Abel Schreiner
  • One would naturally expect that in such a case the underfed would harbor hard feelings toward the overfed.

    The Iron Ration George Abel Schreiner
  • For poor people, who are underfed and drink adulterated stuff.

    Three Plays by Brieux Eugne Brieux
  • She was a little figure, thin, underfed, but with the soul of the fanatic gleaming from her deep eyes.

    The Shadow Mary White Ovington
British Dictionary definitions for underfed


verb (transitive) (ˌʌndəˈfiːd) -feeds, -feeding, -fed
to give too little food to
to supply (a furnace, engine, etc) with fuel from beneath
noun (ˈʌndəˌfiːd)
an apparatus by which fuel, etc, is supplied from below
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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