- below the normal, desirable, or allowed weight
- holding or containing relatively less of a specified asset, security, etc.
(comparative more underweight, superlative most underweight)
- Of an inappropriately or unusually low weight.
- He's so underweight he's had to buy smaller clothes.
- He's thirty pounds underweight.
- Not too heavy for an intended purpose.
- The suitcase is just slightly underweight; I'll let it on the plane.
- (finance) Being less invested in a particular area than market wisdom suggests.
- The fund is underweight in mining.
- The state or quality of being underweight.
- (state or quality): overweight
(third-person singular simple present underweights, present participle underweighting, simple past and past participle underweighted)
- To underestimate the weight of.
- To give insufficient weight to (a consideration); to underestimate the importance of.
under- +"Ž weight.
underweight - Investment & Finance Definition
An investment or a sector that takes up a relatively small percentage of a portfolio. For example, an analyst might tell investors to underweight their holdings of technology stocks, or a person may say that their telecom holdings are underweighted. Underweight contrasts with overweight, which means that there is a disproportionately high amount of funds in a particular stock or sector.