[in-suhf-er-uh-buh l]


not to be endured; intolerable; unbearable: their insufferable insolence.

Origin of insufferable

First recorded in 1525–35; in-3 + sufferable
Related formsin·suf·fer·a·ble·ness, nounin·suf·fer·a·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for insufferable

Contemporary Examples of insufferable

Historical Examples of insufferable

  • 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.

  • 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 Formsinsufferableness, nouninsufferably, 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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