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[in-suhf-er-uh-buh l]
  1. not to be endured; intolerable; unbearable: their insufferable insolence.
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Origin of insufferable

First recorded in 1525–35; in-3 + sufferable
Related formsin·suf·fer·a·ble·ness, nounin·suf·fer·a·bly, adverb
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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.

  • She has insisted on it, so that she has put the idea into your head that I am insufferably pushing.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for insufferably


  1. intolerable; unendurable
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Derived Formsinsufferableness, nouninsufferably, 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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