in·​suf·​fer·​able | \ (ˌ)in-ˈsə-f(ə-)rə-bəl How to pronounce insufferable (audio) \

Definition of insufferable

: not to be endured : intolerable an insufferable bore

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Other Words from insufferable

insufferableness noun
insufferably \ (ˌ)in-​ˈsə-​f(ə-​)rə-​blē How to pronounce insufferably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of insufferable in a Sentence

I can't take any more of her insufferable arrogance. an insufferable bore whose only topic of conversation is himself

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Any of it: not the privilege to buy the best couch and the toothbrush that comes with a subscription, nor the kid with the insufferable name and the adorably doofy husband who drinks beer in stores. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "I used all the best stuff for a week and it nearly broke me," 12 Dec. 2018 To avoid clouds of mosquitoes, impromptu thunderstorms, and insufferable humidity, think about visiting the Everglades outside of the summer months, as the gators can be seen year-round. Tyler Moss, Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Best Places to See Wildlife in the U.S.," 23 Apr. 2018 Lord, please don’t let Noah turn Anton into an insufferable literary beast., "The Affair Season 4, Episode 1 Recap: You're The Earthquake I've Been Waiting On," 18 June 2018 There is no more pleasing sight to a Reds fan than to watch insufferable Cubbies people walk up the stairs and out the door before a game is over. Paul Daugherty,, "TML: The Reds' sweep of the Cubs made for the most satisfying sports weekend in a while," 25 June 2018 For tens of thousands of people in Los Angeles, the record-breaking temperatures that hit last week became all the more insufferable because of power outages., "Today: ‘Incredibly Qualified’ or ‘Conservative Ideologue’?," 10 July 2018 Beyoncé and Jay-Z showed that matching couples outfits doesn’t have to be insufferable. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Beyoncé and Jay-Z Try Out Matching Accessories in Cannes," 3 July 2018 Not surprisingly, an insufferable comment war has broken out on the restaurants’ Yelp and Facebook pages, with trolls supporting Trump and Sanders gaining the upper hand thus far. Chas Danner, Daily Intelligencer, "Sarah Huckabee Sanders Was Asked to Leave Restaurant Over Her Work for Trump," 23 June 2018 Taking account of humidity, however, the figures indicate that conditions at that time could be close to insufferable. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Two men commit robbery in Georgetown; they wear no shirts. Is it the heat?," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of insufferable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of insufferable

: very bad or unpleasant : too unpleasant to deal with or accept


in·​suf·​fer·​able | \ in-ˈsə-fə-rə-bəl How to pronounce insufferable (audio) \

Kids Definition of insufferable

: impossible to bear insufferable behavior

Other Words from insufferable

insufferably \ -​blē \ adverb

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