[in-ed-uh-buh l]


not edible; unfit to be eaten.

Origin of inedible

First recorded in 1815–25; in-3 + edible
Related formsin·ed·i·bil·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inedible

Contemporary Examples of inedible

Historical Examples of inedible

  • Here was no meat, nothing but a threatening and inedible silence.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • The vegetation is inedible, all of our food is synthetic and highly concentrated.

  • These wrappings and inedible casing were all brought to the surface and dropped.

    Edge of the Jungle

    William Beebe

  • The fruit of the hybrid is inedible but the plant is a handsome ornamental.

  • The melon, inedible and uneaten, was removed, soup in cups was substituted.

    Linda Lee, Incorporated

    Louis Joseph Vance

British Dictionary definitions for inedible



not fit to be eaten; uneatable
Derived Formsinedibility, noun
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Word Origin and History for inedible

"unfit to eat," 1822, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + edible. Related: Inedibly; inedibility.

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