Origin of tolerable
Examples from the Web for tolerable
All that would be tolerable if he were an arrogant jerk, or just plain dumb.Castro Street’s Hot Cop Is the Batman to Sexy Mug Shot Guy’s Joker|Itay Hod|July 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What is typically omitted from this story for the sake of a tolerable holiday celebration is a little historical context.
Will Ferrell, in all his green-suited glory, and a tolerable Zooey Deschanel changed our lives ten years ago.Elf’s 10th Anniversary: I’m Still Obsessed With This Syrupy Movie|Anna Brand|November 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
At a pitch I could be a tolerable road-sweeper or an inefficient gardener or even a tenth-rate farm hand.
There are some tolerable offerings out there, but nothing much that moves the needle on the “ooh” meter.Apps for Kids Who Love to Read: Moonbot Studios, Touch Press, and More|Malcolm Jones|December 24, 2011|DAILY BEAST
"Mr. Langdon has a tolerable idea of what I think," answered Porter.Thoroughbreds|W. A. Fraser
The leaves of the latter have been manufactured into paper of tolerable consistency.The Desert World|Arthur Mangin
It was in a tolerable state of preservation, though rather rusty.Round Cape Horn|Joseph Lamson
We sat down and, such was the influence of her mesmeric eyes, we ate a tolerable breakfast.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922|Lucy Maud Montgomery
However, I knocked with tolerable distinctness, and then waited the result.Hurricane Hurry|W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for tolerable
Word Origin and History for tolerable
early 15c., "bearable," from Middle French tolerable (14c.), from Latin tolerabilis "that may be endured," from tolerare "to tolerate" (see toleration). Meaning "moderate, middling, not bad" is recorded from 1540s. Related: Tolerably.