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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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  • Dirty Dick had always been insufferably dull, pompous, and didactic.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • Gould, who was a bad shot, had bagged five couple, and patronised him insufferably.

    Dr. Jolliffe's Boys Lewis Hough
  • She has insisted on it, so that she has put the idea into your head that I am insufferably pushing.

    The Aspern Papers Henry James
  • My forehead, eyebrows, and the bridge of my nose were insufferably painful.

    Northern Travel Bayard Taylor
  • If it had not been for Taffy, it would have been insufferably dull.

    In League with Israel

    Annie F. Johnston
  • How insufferably miserable and degrading was the life he led!

    Plane and Plank Oliver Optic
  • "The boy is so insufferably self-satisfied," she explained, weakly.

    Brothers of Peril Theodore Goodridge Roberts
  • She found Dieppe insufferably hot, and ridiculously over-rated.

    Cynthia Leonard Merrick
  • This inaction was horrible,—this place wearied him insufferably.

    Rose Charlitte Marshall Saunders
British Dictionary definitions for insufferably


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



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

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