un·​wear·​able ˌən-ˈwer-ə-bəl How to pronounce unwearable (audio)
: unable or unsuitable to be worn : not wearable
… this one simple repair can restore an unwearable garment to all its former glory.Lindsley Cameron
… clothes that are conceptually brilliant—but, alas, completely unwearable.Vogue

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But once an item is damaged or unwearable, it is upcycled into new products. Kaitlin Marks, Peoplemag, 23 Feb. 2023 Glasses are forgotten or broken (or resented); contacts are uncomfortable and unwearable without cleaning solution; refractive surgery carries risks and the results are not always permanent. Sarah Anderson, Discover Magazine, 27 Jan. 2022 Wearable clothes are sold to resale markets in developing countries, and unwearable textiles are turned into rags and lower-quality fibers for things like insulation. Alden Wicker, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2022 As part of the interlude in the show (pictured above), Ballerini presented Underwood with a massive, possibly unwearable belt buckle commemorating her 25 previous awards from the CMTs, the most in the show’s history. Chris Willman, Variety, 3 Nov. 2022 As a result, the Deepsea Challenge is necessarily huge, with a diameter of 50 millimeters: something that made the experimental watch taken down by James Cameron unwearable due to the weight of stainless steel involved. WIRED, 1 Nov. 2022 Amid the usual impractical and unwearable outfits on stage, some designers went their own way and featured—gasp—women’s wear with large pockets. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, 29 Sep. 2022 Whether that means shortening necklaces, as Queen Elizabeth II has done to ensure a better fit, or entirely dissembling stomachers—an accessory often unwearable with modern clothing—most of the royal jewels have been through something of a journey. Jennifer Newman, Town & Country, 17 May 2022 The TenNine is absolutely next-level in terms of downhill performance but feels unwearable in a public place—not to mention in my car. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, 11 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unwearable was circa 1775

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“Unwearable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unwearable. Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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