un·​drink·​able | \ ˌən-ˈdriŋ-kə-bəl How to pronounce undrinkable (audio) \

Definition of undrinkable

: unsuitable or unpleasant to drink

Examples of undrinkable in a Sentence

The water was undrinkable and had to be boiled.
Recent Examples on the Web And the water that did come out of taps was often undrinkable due to dangerously low water pressure levels. oregonlive, "How a winter storm pushed the Texas power grid into crisis," 21 Feb. 2021 Precise ratios can be the difference between a smooth beverage and a bitter, undrinkable cup. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Gear to make every day feel like National Coffee Day," 29 Sep. 2020 In the 1980s, the Okanagan Valley, which extends about 125 miles north from the border with Washington State, was known for its apple and peach orchards, bargain lakeside beach vacations and wine dismissed by oenophiles as undrinkable plonk. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "Canada’s Napa Valley Seeks Elusive Audience: Canadian Wine Drinkers," 19 Sep. 2020 Winemakers, on the other hand, have to contend with the possibility of investing in wine that could turn out undrinkable. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Winemakers are worrying about smoke taint, but wine drinkers should not," 10 Sep. 2020 Thirty years after the civil war ended, power outages are still frequent, trash often goes uncollected and tap water is largely undrinkable. USA TODAY, "Lebanon president: Beirut explosion either due to negligence or missile, bomb," 7 Aug. 2020 Thirty years after the end of the civil war, power outages are still frequent, trash often goes uncollected and tap water is largely undrinkable. Zeina Karam And Andrea Rosa, chicagotribune.com, "Rescuers in Lebanon turn up bodies trapped in rubble from massive blast," 7 Aug. 2020 Three decades after the civil war ended, power outages are still frequent, trash often is uncollected and tap water is largely undrinkable. Arkansas Online, "Lebanon president says he knew of chemicals at port in July," 7 Aug. 2020 Now the vodka for dozens of little jars of tinctures — garden herbs and weeds soaking in now-undrinkable booze. Lisa Richardson, Longreads, "How to Tell Your Husband You’re a Witch," 8 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of undrinkable

1611, in the meaning defined above

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“Undrinkable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undrinkable. Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of undrinkable

: unhealthy or unpleasant to drink

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