un·​play·​able ˌən-ˈplā-ə-bəl How to pronounce unplayable (audio)
: 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 The card belongs to a special set of Magic cards called the Power Nine — expensive, rare, but unplayable cards that are incredibly busted. Ash Parrish, The Verge, 6 May 2024 So games that came out on those older consoles are unplayable for a lot of people. Quartz Staff, Quartz, 16 Apr. 2024 The showrunners also made sure to include The Ghoul, an unplayable character in the games. Marah Eakin, WIRED, 11 Apr. 2024 However, rain continued to fall throughout, and the field was determined unplayable by the middle of the third inning. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 7 Mar. 2024 Leao has tended to fluctuate between unplayable and bystander depending on the game, and Milan need more from their star player. Emmet Gates, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 That was Sinner on Sunday: waiting out Medvedev’s unplayable hot streak, then taking control. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 28 Jan. 2024 Jones became unplayable, a shadow of the guy who’d won a national championship while playing for Nick Saban, at Alabama. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 13 Jan. 2024 Season of the Deep (2023) – This was this past year and featured an exceptionally dull six man activity and a promising three man activity that was absolutely butchered by difficulty selection and exotic quest to become almost unplayable by the end of the season. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1806, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unplayable was in 1806

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“Unplayable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unplayable. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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