- suffer fools gladly,
- suffice it to say,
Origin of suffering
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of suffer
Examples from the Web for suffering
In the middle of all of that past suffering and present-day conflict, this Cosby bomb was dropped.
The program—weirdly—is now under the umbrella of ABC News, and is suffering from flat ratings and an aging demographic.
Instead, most of the suffering species ate insects on the forest floor.
Another man chimes in: “Today we are living at the edge of suffering.”
The struggle continues and Chan is punched, suffering a broken nose.
By her own personal strength her twelve children were brought forth, and her own sensitive fibres and tissues felt the suffering.What a Young Husband Ought to Know|Sylvanus Stall
The poor fellow would be suffering from his rebuff, and Vine shrank from listening to any appeal.Of High Descent|George Manville Fenn
Mr. Lyte, it appeared, was suffering from a peculiarly interesting neuralgia, and the garage had overcharged him.Babbitt|Sinclair Lewis
Sabine had seemed so agitated all day, that her mother asked her if she was suffering any pain.Caught In The Net|Emile Gaboriau
No one need tell me that India has not got this power of suffering.Freedom's Battle|Mahatma Gandhi
- to be ill with, esp recurrently
- to be given tohe suffers from a tendency to exaggerate
Word Origin for suffer
"patient enduring of hardship," mid-14c.; "undergoing of punishment, affliction, etc.," late 14c., verbal noun from suffer (v.).
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.