adjective Date: 1908 having less than full-time, regular, or adequate employment

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  • underemployed — un‧der‧em‧ployed [ˌʌndərɪmˈplɔɪd◂] adjective not having enough work to do: • A large proportion of our staff is underemployed. * * * underemployed UK US /ˌʌndərɪmˈplɔɪd/ US  / dɚ / adjective ► not having enough work to do, working only part time …   Financial and business terms

  • underemployed — [un΄dərem ploid′] adj. 1. inadequately employed; esp., employed at less than full time so that, usually, one has a low standard of living 2. working at low skilled, poorly paid jobs when one is trained for, or could be trained for, more skilled… …   English World dictionary

  • underemployed — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not having sufficient or sufficiently demanding paid work. DERIVATIVES underemployment noun …   English terms dictionary

  • underemployed — [[t]ʌ̱ndərɪmplɔ͟ɪd[/t]] ADJ If someone is underemployed, they have not got enough work to do, or their work does not make full use of their skills or abilities. He was underemployed and not satisfied with his work …   English dictionary

  • underemployed — /ʌndərəmˈplɔɪd/ (say unduhruhm ployd), / ɛm / (say em ) adjective 1. not used or employed to the full extent possible or desirable: an airport facility that is underemployed. 2. engaged only in limited employment, as a person working part time… …   Australian English dictionary

  • underemployed — underemployment, n. /un deuhr em ployd /, adj. 1. employed at a job that does not fully use one s skills or abilities. 2. employed only part time when one is available for full time work. 3. not utilized fully. n. 4. underemployed workers… …   Universalium

  • underemployed — /ˌʌndərɪm plɔɪd/ adjective with not enough work ● The staff is underemployed because of the cutback in production …   Dictionary of banking and finance

  • underemployed — adjective Employed in a job for which one is overqualified; or employed in a job that does not pay as much as one wants or expects …   Wiktionary

  • underemployed — un|der|em|ployed [ˌʌndərımˈplɔıd] adj working in a job where you cannot use all your skills or where there is not enough work for you to do →↑unemployed …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • underemployed — un|der|em|ployed [ ,ʌndərım plɔıd ] adjective not having enough work, or not having a job in which you can use your skills ╾ un|der|em|ploy|ment noun uncount …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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