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 Poirier was a signed to a two-year deal in 2019 but was considered unplayable by coach Brad Stevens and was eventually traded to Oklahoma City . . . BostonGlobe.com, 4 July 2021 Miguel Sano is nearly unplayable against righthanded pitchers. Star Tribune, 29 June 2021 The game was originally pulled from the store last December, and both PlayStation and Xbox offered refunds to those who purchased it for the buggy and sometimes unplayable experience. Washington Post, 15 June 2021 The field was deemed unplayable to resume action Saturday night. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 13 June 2021 There were, however, a handful of teams that managed to finish their contests before conditions became unplayable. Brent Kennedy, baltimoresun.com, 24 May 2021 Poole was borderline unplayable throughout much of his rookie season. Patrick Murray, Forbes, 23 May 2021 Both coaches agreed the field was unplayable and the game will resume Friday at noon at Flower Mound High School. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, 14 May 2021 This megakeyboard, of course, is unplayable — and any pianist will tell you that the black keys are rendered a little too small. Valeria Ricciulli, Curbed, 4 May 2021

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First Known Use of unplayable

1806, in the meaning defined above

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6 Jul 2021

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“Unplayable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unplayable. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unplayable

: not able to be played, played on, or played with


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