[ pley-uh-buhl ]


  1. capable of or suitable for being played.
  2. easy or pleasurable to play.
  3. (of ground) fit to be played on, as for a soccer game.

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Other Words From

  • playa·bili·ty noun
  • un·playa·ble adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of playable1

First recorded in 1475–85; play + -able

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Example Sentences

All of it will be playable in the “Legendary Edition” at no extra cost — some of it available immediately at the start of the game, while others must be unlocked.

The rumored N64 update's dam, as it were, has burst open, with a legitimate playable copy having leaked.

Filling your PC screen with a playable Sonic map isn't exactly as simple as dragging the corner of the gameplay window.

One employee asked the board why it had said in January that the game was “complete and playable” when that wasn’t true, to which the board answered that it would take responsibility.

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Keighley is keen on interactivity as a core pillar of The Game Awards, and he’s worked with publishers in the past to offer free playable demos and discounts for award winners.

Note: Unusual words that are playable in Scrabble appear in this article in boldface.

The 5,000 new words added to the updated playable lexicon included four fresh two-letter words.

Shortly after revealing playable characters, people noticed a complete lack of playable women.

In the game, Snoop Dogg appears as a playable character with his own minigame.

A busted-but-playable, coin-operated pool table that no longer accepts any coins.

The quarter dome portion of the organ is playable by electric agency; the rest being entirely pneumatic.

It may be taken as a model of the true tarantelle, spirited, well sustained throughout, and eminently playable.

As easily believe that the notes of Wagner's operas were accidentally blown together by a whirlwind and yet are playable by man!

"Noughts and Crosses" is playable anywhere; all that is needed is a piece of paper—a newspaper will do—and a pencil.

What remains of him now is hardly more than his first "fond adventure" the supremely playable "Dame aux Camélias."