[ 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.

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

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British Dictionary definitions for interminable


/ (ɪnˈtɜːmɪnəbəl) /


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 interminable



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

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