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
  1. adjective
    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
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    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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