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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Holsinger describes the town of Crystal, Colorado, as a liberal enclave, idyllic and insufferable. Paul Gleason,, "These insufferable parents will do anything to get their kids into 'The Gifted School'," 3 July 2019 The heavy, dense air of this city across the bay from Rio de Janeiro feels insufferable, nothing like the dry heat of Phoenix, where the 36-year-old had been living when he was deported by the U.S. last year. Peter Prengaman, Fox News, "'I'm an American': Deported adoptee struggles in Brazil," 5 June 2019 The heavy, dense air of this city across the bay from Rio de Janeiro feels insufferable, nothing like the dry heat of Phoenix, where the 36-year-old had been living when he was deported by the U.S. last year. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, ""I'm an American": Man adopted by U.S. parents deported to Brazil," 5 June 2019 Lowry, already a fan favorite in Toronto, will now be able to justify his years of suffering, and at times, insufferable play. Rohan Nadkarni,, "The Journey of the Raptors' First Championship Team Will Be Remembered Forever," 14 June 2019 At the start of Booksmart, most of Amy and Molly's classmates find their intellectual personas insufferable. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Booksmart Cast Opens Up About Porn, the Patriarchy, and the Problem of Likability," 25 May 2019 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

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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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