unplayable

adjective un·play·able \ ˌən-ˈplā-ə-bəl \
|Updated on: 30 Jun 2018

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]

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First Known Use of unplayable

1806

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