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[uhn-der-pey] /ˌʌn dərˈpeɪ/
verb (used with object), underpaid, underpaying.
to pay less than is deserved or usual.
Origin of underpay
1840-50; under- + pay1
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[uhn-der-pey-muh nt, uhn-der-pey-] /ˌʌn dərˈpeɪ mənt, ˈʌn dərˌpeɪ-/ (Show IPA),
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  • Small salaries make slow workers and careless clerks; because it isn't hard to get an underpaid job.

    Old Gorgon Graham George Horace Lorimer
  • It is notorious that thousands of women workers are underpaid.

    Society Henry Kalloch Rowe
  • The patrons overlook the fact that if he is underpaid the employer or the Government is at fault.

    The Itching Palm William R Scott
  • My husband's very sympathetic with the men, but he says they are not underpaid.

    Strife (First Series Plays) John Galsworthy
  • He knew very well Captain Seagrave was underpaid; but he could do very little for him on his own initiative.

    The Second String Nat Gould
British Dictionary definitions for underpaid


not paid enough: underpaid and overworked


verb -pays, -paying, -paid
to pay (someone) insufficiently
Derived Forms
underpayment, noun
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