in·​suf·​fer·​able (ˌ)in-ˈsə-f(ə-)rə-bəl How to pronounce insufferable (audio)
: not to be endured : intolerable
an insufferable bore
insufferableness noun
insufferably 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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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of insufferable was in the 15th century

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“Insufferable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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in·​suf·​fer·​able (ˈ)in-ˈsəf-(ə-)rə-bəl How to pronounce insufferable (audio)
: impossible to endure : intolerable
insufferable boredom
insufferableness noun
insufferably adverb

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