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[in-tur-muh-nuh-buh l] /ɪnˈtɜr mə nə bəl/
incapable of being terminated; unending:
an interminable job.
monotonously or annoyingly protracted or continued; unceasing; incessant:
I can't stand that interminable clatter.
having no limits:
an interminable desert.
Origin of interminable
First recorded in 1325-75; Middle English word from Late Latin word interminābilis. See in-3, terminable
Related forms
interminableness, interminability, noun
interminably, adverb Unabridged
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  • If the ushers were to be believed, the discussion was likely to go on interminably.

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  • Flanked by guards, they went down a corridor which stretched on interminably.

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  • That seemed a day of days to Bracy, and interminably long and wearisome.

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  • The close of the afternoon was approaching, and this slope was interminably long.

  • This story of Taffy would go on interminably, and everybody loved it.

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  • But the poem was flowing on interminably; I began to mistrust my memory.

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  • How the throng stream on interminably, the streets like river-beds, full to their banks!

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  • It seemed to her that she went on saying "yes" interminably.

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  • How dreadfully cold it is, and how interminably long the winter seems!

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British Dictionary definitions for interminably


endless or seemingly endless because of monotony or tiresome length
Derived Forms
interminability, interminableness, noun
interminably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for interminably



late 14c., from Late Latin interminabilis, from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + terminabilis, from terminalis (see terminal). Related: Interminably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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