[in-tur-muh-nuh-buh l]
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  1. incapable of being terminated; unending: an interminable job.
  2. monotonously or annoyingly protracted or continued; unceasing; incessant: I can't stand that interminable clatter.
  3. 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 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

Related Words for interminably

continually, forever, frequently, regularly, persistently

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Historical Examples of interminably

  • If the ushers were to be believed, the discussion was likely to go on interminably.

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

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

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

    Fix Bay'nets

    George Manville Fenn

  • 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.

    Sons and Lovers

    David Herbert Lawrence

British Dictionary definitions for interminably


  1. 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 interminably



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

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