verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of suffer
Synonyms for suffer
Related Words for sufferableacceptable, admissible, allowable, endurable, livable, manageable, passable, satisfactory, supportable, tolerable, sustainable
Examples from the Web for sufferable
Historical Examples of sufferable
It is so difficult to condole in a manner at all sufferable.Trevethlan (Vol 3 of 3)
William Davy Watson
Lady Ann was offended, and seriously: was alliance with such a woman permissible or sufferable?There and Back
Your Madame must be insufferable indeed, seeing that her knowledge of these subjects and men did not make her sufferable to you.The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1 of 2)
Frederic G. Kenyon
Even Bully Pigeon was sufferable (as Paddy observed), if he was not altogether agreeable.The Three Midshipmen
Yet no man will, at this day, pretend that the Greek of his prize ode is sufferable.
- to be ill with, esp recurrently
- to be given tohe suffers from a tendency to exaggerate
Word Origin for suffer
early 13c., "to be made to undergo, endure" (pain, death, punishment, judgment, grief), from Anglo-French suffrir, Old French sufrir, from Vulgar Latin *sufferire, variant of Latin sufferre "to bear, undergo, endure, carry or put under," from sub "up, under" (see sub-) + ferre "to carry" (see infer).
Replaced Old English þolian, þrowian. Meaning "to meekly submit to hardship" is from late 13c. That of "to undergo" (distress, suffering, etc.) is mid-14c. Meaning "to tolerate, allow" something to occur or continue is recorded from mid-13c. Related: Suffered; suffering.
see not suffer fools gladly.