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[ee-tuh-buh l] /ˈi tə bəl/
Usually, eatables. articles of food.
Origin of eatable
First recorded in 1475-85; eat + -able
Related forms
noneatable, adjective
uneatable, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for uneatable
Historical Examples
  • The bread was sour and the Italian butter rank and cheesy—often uneatable.

    Samuel Butler: A Sketch Henry Festing Jones
  • This was all in accord with the Book of Daniel, and the jam that was uneatable because it was not dear enough.

    Waiting for Daylight Henry Major Tomlinson
  • The chops were served to us the next morning charred black, uneatable.

    A Sheaf of Corn Mary E. Mann
  • And the food got so uneatable that I lived on crackers for the last fortnight.

    Virginia Ellen Glasgow
  • Puddings when cold are uneatable; and love when coldrife is near the breaking off.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • The core itself, which is about the size and shape of the handle of a knife, is uneatable.

    The Cannibal Islands R.M. Ballantyne
  • Suppose they are nearly hatched,” I said; “I am afraid they would be uneatable!

    In the Eastern Seas W.H.G. Kingston
  • Its flesh is uneatable except by an aboriginal or a victim to famine.

  • We merely shot it because it injured the maize, for its flesh is uneatable.

  • Not that we were not hungry, and not that the bread was uneatable.

    The Road

    Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for uneatable


not pleasant or safe enough to be eaten


fit or suitable for eating; edible
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Word Origin and History for uneatable



late 15c., from eat + -able.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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