unwatchable

adjective

un·​watch·​able ˌən-ˈwä-chə-bəl How to pronounce unwatchable (audio)
-ˈwȯ-
: not suitable or fit for watching : tending to discourage watching
unwatchable TV shows

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This could be a potentially unwatchable matchup and the under is a tempting play here. Richard Morin, USA TODAY, 13 Oct. 2022 From the unwatchable to the must-see, here are all nine A Nightmare on Elm Street movies, ranked. Michael Lee Simpson, EW.com, 15 Oct. 2022 Cult favorites like Hellraiser and the original Suspiria sit happily alongside the nigh-unwatchable 2008 Day of the Dead remake. Eric Vilas-boas And Josef Adalian, Vulture, 27 Oct. 2021 Star Trek: Nemesis — a nearly unwatchable entry that caused Paramount to stop making Next Generation movies and turn back to the Captain Kirk crew in their last three Star Trek films. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 2 Mar. 2022 Messages from Android users pop up as green bubbles on iPhones instead of blue (the horror!), and videos sent between the two systems are often compressed to the point of being unwatchable. WIRED, 12 Sep. 2022 By the second half of the season, the acting and scripts turn juvenile and stilted, rendering the episodes almost unwatchable. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2022 This is what has ruined Hollywood movies and made the Oscars telecast unwatchable. Armond White, National Review, 19 Aug. 2022 Linear TV offers limited options for Pac-12 Network, rendering it unwatchable in large swaths of the country. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 July 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'unwatchable.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unwatchable was in 1886

Dictionary Entries Near unwatchable

Cite this Entry

“Unwatchable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unwatchable. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!


Challenging Words You Should Know

  • hedgehog reading a book
  • Often used to describe “the march of time,” what does inexorable mean?
Name That Thing

You know what it looks like… but what is it called?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ