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[uhn-der-nur-isht, -nuhr-] /ˌʌn dərˈnɜr ɪʃt, -ˈnʌr-/
not nourished with sufficient or proper food to maintain or promote health or normal growth.
not given essential elements for proper development:
emotionally undernourished.
Origin of undernourished
1925-30; under- + nourish + -ed2
Related forms
undernourishment, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • If dandelions are growing in your lawn, the turf is probably thin and undernourished.
  • undernourished plants may have yellowing leaves, stunted growth and smaller than normal flowers or fruits.
  • She was undernourished and showed signs of having been pretty badly abused.
  • Economies, already as diseased and undernourished as their people, are dying.
  • They were obviously undernourished and weren't getting proper care.
  • Economic growth has not helped feed an undernourished population.
  • More than two thirds of the people of the world are undernourished.
  • Still, in a world where more than a billion people are undernourished and the population is still growing, every little hurts.
  • About a third of their people are undernourished and more than that do not have access to drinking water.
  • If everyone in a village is undernourished, poor nutrition becomes the norm and everyone accepts it.
Word Origin and History for undernourished

also under-nourished, 1910, from under + past participle of nourish.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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