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 insufferable (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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First Known Use of insufferable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Insufferable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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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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Nglish: Translation of insufferable for Spanish Speakers


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