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Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Definitions for unputdownable

  1. Informal. (especially of a book or periodical) so interesting or suspenseful as to compel reading.

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Citations for unputdownable
Have just finished reading Command Decision… I found it absolutely (or almost) unputdownable and at the same time as complete a waste of time as one of Gardner's Perry Mason stories, which I also find unputdownable. , Raymond Chandler to Charles Morton, January 5, 1947, in Selected Letters of Raymond Chandler, 1981
They're claims couched in quote marks, homes for words you might never hear otherwise -- like compelling, or luminous, or unputdownable. Heck, at least three books have reportedly inspired celebrated memoirist Frank McCourt to say "you'll claw yourself with pleasure." Colin Dwyer, “Forget The Book, Have You Read This Irresistible Story On Blurbs?” NPR, September 27, 2015
Origin of unputdownable
Unputdownable, as a term used to describe books, entered English in the 1930s. However, earlier senses based on the verb phrase put down meaning "criticize" or "suppress" appeared in English as early as the mid-1800s.