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[in-suhf-er-uh-buh l] /ɪnˈsʌf ər ə bəl/
not to be endured; intolerable; unbearable:
their insufferable insolence.
Origin of insufferable
First recorded in 1525-35; in-3 + sufferable
Related forms
insufferableness, noun
insufferably, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for insufferable
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  • Yes, it is insufferable cool, that's sartin; but it's time to expect it.

  • A look of anger and insufferable contempt was all Trover's reply.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • You have been accustomed to talk to your village servants in a way that is insufferable.

    The Shellback's Progress Walter Runciman
  • It was remarkable, how this insufferable creature could make me understand everything.

    Debts of Honor Maurus Jkai
  • Of course she will, and they'll be precisely a part of the insufferable side of her life.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for insufferable


intolerable; unendurable
Derived Forms
insufferableness, noun
insufferably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for insufferable

early 15c., from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + sufferable (see suffer). Related: Insufferably.

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