[in-tur-muh-nuh-buh l]


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.


Nearby words

  1. intermetacarpal joint,
  2. intermetallic compound,
  3. intermetatarsal joint,
  4. intermezzo,
  5. intermigration,
  6. intermingle,
  7. intermission,
  8. intermissive,
  9. intermit,
  10. intermittence

Origin of interminable

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English word from Late Latin word interminābilis. See in-3, terminable

Related formsin·ter·mi·na·ble·ness, in·ter·mi·na·bil·i·ty, nounin·ter·mi·na·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for interminability

  • He lay in a semi-torpor, whose most vivid consciousness was that of mental discomfort and the interminability of time.

    The Claim Jumpers|Stewart Edward White
  • And rueful as the strain was, it helped him assign the pageant a near distance, a middle distance, and then interminability.

  • The chief characteristic of Broadway is its interminability.

    Your United States|Arnold Bennett

British Dictionary definitions for interminability



endless or seemingly endless because of monotony or tiresome length
Derived Formsinterminability or interminableness, nouninterminably, adverb

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Word Origin and History for interminability



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

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