malnourished

When someone's malnourished, they don't get enough to eat. Beyond simply being hungry, someone who's malnourished doesn't get the nutrients they need to be healthy.

Poor countries and those experiencing drought or war are the most likely to have a high percentage of malnourished citizens. If crops can't grow, or food can't be distributed to people who need it, the result is a malnourished population. A malnourished person suffers from malnutrition. Both words use the mal- prefix, meaning "badly," and the Latin root nutrire, "to feed."

Definitions of malnourished
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adj not being provided with adequate nourishment

Synonyms:
foodless
being without food
ill-fed, underfed, undernourished
not getting adequate food
starved, starving
suffering from lack of food
unfed
not fed
unnourished
not nourished
Antonyms:
nourished
being provided with adequate nourishment
corn-fed
fed on corn
full, replete
filled to satisfaction with food or drink
well-fed, well-nourished
properly nourished
overfed
too well nourished
stall-fed
(of livestock) kept and fed in a stall in order to fatten for the market
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