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[uhn-der-staft, -stahft] /ˌʌn dərˈstæft, -ˈstɑft/
having an insufficient number of personnel:
The hospital is understaffed.
Origin of understaffed
1890-95; under- + staff1 + -ed3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for understaffed
  • So many hospitals are understaffed and overworked, in this regard, yes it is better to have firemen arrive on the scene.
  • The trouble is that these bureaucracies are often inefficient, understaffed and incapable of working properly in rural areas.
  • Police and courts are understaffed, underpaid and susceptible to bribes and threats.
  • It is heavily understaffed, has no chartered accountant and has only one lawyer.
  • They said they are understaffed and ill-equipped to protect the campus.
  • Most programs are understaffed with only one or two faculty.
  • Herring gets his recruits, thus solving the short-term problem of an understaffed local police unit.
  • The already overburdened and understaffed senior management team gets cut in half.
  • Others are warehoused in disgusting, depressing, underfunded and understaffed nursing homes.
  • The agency is terribly understaffed and they often don't pursue all cases.
British Dictionary definitions for understaffed


not having enough staff: her department is understaffed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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