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See also: un-put-downable



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un- +‎ put down +‎ -able


  • IPA(key): /ʌnpʊtˈdaʊnəbəl/


unputdownable (comparative more unputdownable, superlative most unputdownable)

  1. (informal, of a book or other written work) Captivating, engrossing.
    • 1947 January 5, Raymond Chandler, “To Charles Morton”, in Selected Letters of Raymond Chandler, Columbia University Press, published 1981:
      I found it absolutely (or almost) unputdownable and at the same time as complete a waste of time in a sense as one of Gardner's Perry Mason stories, which I also find unputdownable.
  2. (of a person) Impossible or difficult to put down.
    • 1991, Andrew Yule, Losing the Light: Terry Gilliam and the Munchausen Saga, Hal Leonard Corporation, page 56:
      Only someone with enormous unputdownable optimism would ever have embarked on a project like this.
    • 2005, Mike Hally, Electronic Brains: Stories from the Dawn of the Computer Age[1]:
      [] also remembers Phillips as someone who "people liked to be a bit scornful of, the kind of man they would like to put down, although he was unputdownable.
    • 2013, Robert Barnard, Death and the Chaste Apprentice[2]:
      Des Capper blinked, as if he has been hit with a dictionary. But he was unputdownable, at the same time giving the impression that he was registering all the snubs.

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