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Adj.1.ill-fed - not getting adequate foodill-fed - not getting adequate food; "gaunt underfed children"; "badly undernourished"
malnourished - not being provided with adequate nourishment
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In my father's stables there are eleven excellent chariots, fresh from the builder, quite new, with cloths spread over them; and by each of them there stand a pair of horses, champing barley and rye; my old father Lycaon urged me again and again when I was at home and on the point of starting, to take chariots and horses with me that I might lead the Trojans in battle, but I would not listen to him; it would have been much better if I had done so, but I was thinking about the horses, which had been used to eat their fill, and I was afraid that in such a great gathering of men they might be ill-fed, so I left them at home and came on foot to Ilius armed only with my bow and arrows.
Talking of fatness," said the Peddler, "thou thyself lookest none too ill-fed, holy friar.
The men of Frick were not ill-fed, and were less given to fanaticism than to a strong muscular suspicion; less inclined to believe that they were peculiarly cared for by heaven, than to regard heaven itself as rather disposed to take them in-- a disposition observable in the weather.
None may say that the prisoners of Manator are ill-fed.
He saw her yearning, hungry eyes, and her ill-fed female form which had been rushed from childhood into a frightened and ferocious maturity; then he put his arms about her in large tolerance and stooped and kissed her on the lips.
Then, full of his evil purpose, Godrich thought no more of his oath to the dead king, but cast Goldboru into a darksome prison, where she was poorly clad and ill-fed.
Is it some ill-fed village hound yielding to the instinct of the chase?
It remained as a goblin football, as a hint that all is not for the best in the best of all possible worlds, and that beneath these superstructures of wealth and art there wanders an ill-fed boy, who has recovered his umbrella indeed, but who has left no address behind him, and no name.
The prisoners are also ill-fed in terms of quantity and quality and are in dire need of sufficient clothes.
We've always had poverty, and the difference between a liberal administration in power and a conservative administration in power was that, when you had a conservative administration in power, the liberals would say one-third of the nation was ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-fed; when the liberals got into power it was only one-fourth of the nation that was ill-housed, ill-clad, and ill-fed.
But Roosevelt wore a top hat and white gloves while campaigning on behalf of the "ill-clothed, ill-housed, and ill-fed.
They were ill-paid, ill-fed and were treated appallingly by the shipowners - indeed, ratings were taken off the paybook the moment a torpedo struck and a ship lost.