unplayable

adjective
un·​play·​able | \ ˌən-ˈplā-ə-bəl How to pronounce unplayable (audio) \

Definition of unplayable

: not capable of being played or suitable to be played : not playable a golf course rendered unplayable by heavy rains dealt an unplayable card music so complex as to be almost unplayable Service is my strong point at tennis. I am inaccurate, but vigorous, and occasionally send in a quite unplayable shot.— P. G. Wodehouse found the ball in an unplayable lie [=a position that does not allow a shot to be made]

Examples of unplayable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Because of rain, the leaders’ tee times were pushed up by nearly four hours in an effort to get the round in before the course became unplayable. Janie Mccauley, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Sep. 2022 The Dolphins’ offensive line made football unplayable. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 19 June 2022 With Teensma, her disabilities make VR virtually unplayable. Grant Stoner, Wired, 1 Mar. 2022 What few survived, Hawke found out, were unplayable. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 18 July 2022 Still, no new lights have been added, leaving half of the park’s field still dark and unplayable, according to Francisco Ortiz, program director for the Memorial Soccer League. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 July 2022 Beyond unbeatable, the Spectrum port of this cute Commodore 64 game was totally unplayable due to a programming glitch that made the game fail to respond to any keyboard inputs. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 21 June 2022 Many view him as an unplayable defender at first base. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 31 Mar. 2022 Medvedev seemed unplayable, taking the first two sets comfortably. Aarron Spinley, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unplayable

1806, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unplayable was in 1806

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Last Updated

28 Sep 2022

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“Unplayable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unplayable. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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