[ in-tur-muh-nuh-buhl ]
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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.

  1. 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

Other words from interminable

  • in·ter·mi·na·ble·ness, in·ter·mi·na·bil·i·ty, noun
  • in·ter·mi·na·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use interminable in a sentence

  • Then passed rafts of wood interminably long, and barges loaded to the gunwale, and nearly sinking under water.

    Michael Strogoff | Jules Verne
  • Flanked by guards, they went down a corridor which stretched on interminably.

    The Status Civilization | Robert Sheckley
  • To till the soil and labour interminably with rude implements and utensils is all he asks of life and of the powers that be.

  • Beneath him were two irregular scratches against the dull green-brown of earth that stretched interminably north and south.

    Tam O' The Scoots | Edgar Wallace
  • Anxiety had her in its grip, the cliffs stretching on and on interminably seemed like misfortune itself made visible.

    The Beach of Dreams | H. De Vere Stacpoole

British Dictionary definitions for interminable


/ (ɪnˈtɜːmɪnəbəl) /

  1. endless or seemingly endless because of monotony or tiresome length

Derived forms of interminable

  • interminability or interminableness, noun
  • interminably, adverb

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