adjective Date: 1891 inadequately staffed • understaffing noun

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  • understaffed — un‧der‧staffed [ˌʌndəˈstɑːft◂ ǁ ˌʌndərˈstæft◂] adjective HUMAN RESOURCES a company, organization etc that is understaffed has fewer people working for it than it really needs: • The factory inspectorate is seriously understaffed at the moment.… …   Financial and business terms

  • understaffed — [un΄dər staft′] adj. having too small a staff; having insufficient personnel …   English World dictionary

  • understaffed — [[t]ʌ̱ndə(r)stɑ͟ːft, stæ̱ft[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu v link ADJ If an organization is understaffed, it does not have enough employees to do its work properly. Many institutions offering child care are understaffed and underequipped. ...an… …   English dictionary

  • understaffed — Underhanded Un der*hand ed, a. 1. Underhand; clandestine. [1913 Webster] 2. Insufficiently provided with hands or workers; short handed; sparsely populated; obsolete in this sense, {short handed} or {understaffed} being the preferrred term. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • understaffed — /un deuhr staft , stahft /, adj. having an insufficient number of personnel: The hospital is understaffed. [1890 95; UNDER + STAFF1 + ED3] * * * …   Universalium

  • understaffed — adjective having an inadequate number of workers or assistants Syn: short handed, short staffed, undermanned …   Wiktionary

  • understaffed — (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. shorthanded, undermanned …   English dictionary for students

  • understaffed — un|der|staffed [ˌʌndəˈsta:ft US ˌʌndərˈstæft] adj not having enough workers, or fewer workers than usual …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • understaffed — un|der|staffed [ ,ʌndər stæft ] adjective not having enough workers to do a job quickly or effectively: UNDERMANNED …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • understaffed — adj. inadequately staffed, undermanned, not having enough employees …   English contemporary dictionary

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