Definition of unplayable in English:

unplayable

adjective

  • 1Unable to be played.

    ‘he thinks the ball is unplayable’
    ‘an unplayable guitar solo’
    • ‘He tended to bowl too wide at times but from time to time would produce the unplayable ball.’
    • ‘Nasser Hussain could only edge an unplayable McGrath delivery to Ricky Ponting at second slip, who took a sensational sprawling catch.’
    • ‘Sergio thought of taking an unplayable penalty but decided to slash it out.’
    • ‘When Tchaikovsky played his First Piano Concerto for Nikolay Rubinstein, director of the Moscow Conservatoire, Rubinstein attacked it as worthless, trite and unplayable.’
    • ‘One of the simplest but most misunderstood rules predicaments on the PGA Tour is a ball that's unplayable, says tour rules official Mark Russell.’
    • ‘Coria claims his second break with two more unplayable backhands down the line that leave Agassi stranded.’
    • ‘After the attacks of 11 September, harmless songs were deemed unplayable, flags are deemed obligatory by some and offensive by others, paintings painted years ago are removed from gallery walls.’
    • ‘Also, in writing for mallet percussion, non percussionist composers tend to compose at a piano keyboard resulting in numerous passages easily playable by ten fingers, yet often unplayable with four mallets.’
    • ‘His second wound up in Lytham's deep rough and was unplayable.’
    • ‘Napster requires you to log into your account with a portable player at least once a month, or the songs become unplayable.’
    • ‘The frame rate in general is pretty solid most of the time, although there are instances, such as when boulders roll in front of you, that the game is darn near unplayable for a few seconds or so.’
    • ‘Ndima received an unplayable delivery from Namibian strike bowler, Gerrie Snyman, edging to wicketkeeper Morne Karg.’
    • ‘While South Africa did bowl extremely well, the manner in which Pakistan capitulated had more to do with indifferent strokes than unplayable deliveries.’
    • ‘The major flaws come with no online game play and the unresponsive controls can almost make the game unplayable at times.’
    • ‘For once, though, the ground-breaking composer, whose first work was rejected as unplayable by the Royal Manchester College, has a precedent.’
  • 2(of a sports pitch) too poor to play on.

    ‘an unplayable winter pitch’
    • ‘After all of 10 seconds at the ground, it was obvious that large parts of the pitch were unplayable.’
    • ‘Some of the playing surfaces in the league are a joke, are almost unplayable and a health hazard to the players.’
    • ‘Then we had a referee who took one look at it and said it was unplayable.’
    • ‘Referee George Cain decided the Bramall Lane pitch was unplayable at a 2pm inspection following persistent rain overnight.’
    • ‘Last week, the Terriers had travelled to Spotland with only 12 fit players, though that game was cancelled as the pitch was unplayable.’
    • ‘He told me the game was off because the goalposts had been vandalised and the pitch was unplayable.’
    • ‘A football match between the crews of two nuclear submarines at the North Pole had to be cancelled - the pitch was unplayable.’
    • ‘All games are timed for 11.30 a.m. with first named teams having home venue unless pitches are unplayable.’
    • ‘Poor weather left pitches unplayable, especially for training purposes, as McPartland and his selectors assessed the worth of over 60 players during trials.’
    • ‘Were two clubs in Liverpool to share a pitch, under the prevailing climatic conditions along the Mersey, the surface would swiftly become all but unplayable.’
    • ‘After an hour and 16 minutes of delay, umpire-in-chief Dave Phillips decided the field was unplayable, and called the second game.’
    • ‘As soon as he blew the whistle for half-time, referee Mr McNamara consulted with his linesmen and the two managers, decided the pitch was unplayable and abandoned proceedings.’
    • ‘Abbeyfeale Utd teams enjoyed a free weekend due to bad weather and unplayable pitches.’
    • ‘However, at 10 am it was deemed unplayable and with little likelihood of a thaw the match was called off.’
    • ‘In cup/shield games the match reverts to the away teams ground if the home pitch is unplayable.’
    • ‘Before the work was carried out the pitches were unplayable during the winter due to waterlogging.’
    • ‘Of course, you would expect it to be damp in those parts of the Highlands which the Camanachd Association holds as its fiefdom and indeed shinty has suffered in recent weeks with matches being cancelled due to unplayable pitches.’
    • ‘And the Superdome, where the team played its games, was home for thousands of refugees and was so badly damaged by Katrina that it's now considered unplayable and might have to be razed.’
    • ‘If in the view of one side or one person the ground is unplayable and the game goes ahead, then you play an uninsured game, which could be more of a concern.’
    • ‘Their match with Hull, scheduled to kick-off at 1pm, has been postponed due to the pitch being unplayable.’

Pronunciation

unplayable

/ʌnˈpleɪəb(ə)l/