[ee-tuh-buh l]



Usually eatables. articles of food.

Origin of eatable

First recorded in 1475–85; eat + -able
Related formsnon·eat·a·ble, adjectiveun·eat·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for uneatable

Historical Examples of uneatable

  • 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.


    Ellen Glasgow

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

    The Proverbs of Scotland

    Alexander Hislop

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