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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
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  • As the victim was a dog, an uneatable one, it is possible that the ritual was not quite the usual one.

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

    The Cannibal Islands R.M. Ballantyne
  • In short, it is uneatable, except by drunkards, who want something to stimulate their sickly appetite.

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

  • That is a handsomer ornament of a dinner-table than clusters of nosegays, and all sorts of uneatable decorations.

    Gryll Grange Thomas Love Peacock
  • On coming to my first bit of bread to-day I found it uneatable.

    Ladysmith H. W. Nevinson
  • And the food got so uneatable that I lived on crackers for the last fortnight.

    Virginia Ellen Glasgow
  • The dinner she served up this evening was all but uneatable.

    The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne William J. Locke
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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