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.

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If a hurricane hits, tap water often becomes undrinkable if the power fails at water treatment plants. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Hurricane Florence-proof your kitchen with these three tips," 13 Sep. 2018 Today, unemployment hovers well over 40 percent, tap water is undrinkable and residents receive just a few hours of electricity a day. Washington Post, "AP Interview: Qatari envoy calls for emergency aid to Gaza," 22 Feb. 2018 Electricity is supplied for roughly four hours a day, unemployment stands at more than 50 percent and tap water is undrinkable. Aron Heller, The Seattle Times, "Gaza rocket hits home in Israel, military strikes back," 17 Oct. 2018 Add too many hops, and the beer will be so bitter as to be undrinkable. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "How to get that great “hoppy” beer taste without the exploding bottles," 5 Oct. 2018 Nearly all groundwater has become undrinkable and untreated sewage is pouring into the Mediterranean. Washington Post, "Trump’s Mideast team gets close-up view of peace obstacles," 21 June 2018 The water is undrinkable and raw sewage is pumped into the sea. David M. Halbfinger, New York Times, "Though Deadly, Gaza Protests Draw Attention and Enthusiasm," 7 Apr. 2018 The state has said that the city’s water now meets U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards, but some homeowners say the water coming from their faucets remains undrinkable. Jamie Butters, BostonGlobe.com, "Elon Musk pledges to pay for clean water to homes in Flint, Mich.," 11 July 2018 Brewers sometimes have to dump thousands of gallons of undrinkable beer. Mike Cherney, WSJ, "The Newest Thing in Beer: Ancient Yeast," 20 May 2018

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First Known Use of undrinkable

1611, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of undrinkable was in 1611

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English Language Learners Definition of undrinkable

: unhealthy or unpleasant to drink

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