Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Informal So well written and entertaining as to be difficult to put down.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Impossible to put down.
  • adj. Of a book or other written work, captivating; engrossing.

Etymologies

un- +‎ put down +‎ -able (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • According to the Times review, Douglas Kennedy is famous for writing insightfully about women's lives, and crafting gripping narratives (the word "unputdownable" is used).

    March 2009

  • Deemed "unputdownable" by Washington Post critic Michael Dirda, the book heralded a lifelong passion for discrediting scientific fraud and quackery.

    Martin Gardner, 95, a journalist, provided in-depth analysis of Lewis Carroll's Cheshire Cat

  • I have often read the word "unputdownable" to describe a book, but in this case it is true.

    My favourite books of 2007

  • Please tell Lasse Bergstr ö m the former head of Norstedts, publisher of the books, who called the books " unputdownable " that he is obviously an intelligent and sensible person of impeccable taste, and that flattery will get him everywhere.

    The Man Who Launched a Blockbuster

  • It locked straight into that core of whatever defines 'unputdownable'.

    seanan_mcguire: The Three Sisters: Fantasy, Horror, and Marchen.

  • It was one of the best novels I read last year and I'm not sure I've read a book that was as "unputdownable" since.

    Keeping an Eye On... Cory Doctorow

  • The only man to make it on to the first-novel shortlist is a former screen writer, Tom Rob Smith, whose Stalinist-era Child 44 was described as "unputdownable".

    Archive 2008-11-01

  • I was at the Book Depot and found the word "unputdownable" on three book jackets and I wasn't even searching for it.

    Archive 2006-01-01

  • "One often reads the word" unputdownable "to describe a book – it is certainly a true description of this one.

    Sunday Salon: Review of Shadow, by Karin Alvtegen

  • I have often read the word "unputdownable" to describe a book, but in this case it is true: I was glad I started the book on a weekend and had no other commitments, so I could finish it in a day. "

    December 2007

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