underweight 1899, from UNDER (Cf. under)- + WEIGHT (Cf. weight).

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  • underweight — un·der·weight wāt adj weighing less than the normal amount for one s age, height, and build <underweight children> <underweight adults typically have a body mass index of less than 18.5> …   Medical dictionary

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  • underweight — UK [ˌʌndə(r)ˈweɪt] / US [ˌʌndərˈweɪt] adjective thinner and lighter than normal, especially in a way that is unhealthy Their son appeared underweight for his size and age. Some of the babies were seriously underweight …   English dictionary

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