in·​ter·​mi·​na·​ble | \ (ˌ)in-ˈtərm-nə-bəl How to pronounce interminable (audio) , -ˈtər-mə- \

Definition of interminable

: having or seeming to have no end especially : wearisomely protracted an interminable sermon

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Other Words from interminable

interminableness noun
interminably \ (ˌ)in-​ˈtərm-​nə-​blē How to pronounce interminable (audio) , -​ˈtər-​mə-​ \ adverb

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We promise not to ramble on endlessly about the origins of "interminable." The word was borrowed into English in the 15th century and descends from a Latin combination of the prefix in- ("not") and the verb terminare, meaning "to terminate" or "to limit." English speakers also coined the antonym terminable, meaning "capable of being brought to an end," from "terminare." Other relatives of "interminable" in English include "terminate," "determine," "terminal," and "exterminate."

Examples of interminable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The first three seasons all premiered in June, so the wait for November has proved interminable. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, 12 Sep. 2021 That means interminable waits for a restaurant table, snaking lines at store cash registers and monthslong delays for home renovations could be partly alleviated in coming months but are likely to stick around in some form for the longer term. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, 7 Sep. 2021 The first quarter lasted an interminable 50 minutes. Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, 4 Sep. 2021 Owners of Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles have populated social media pages with an interminable list of questions. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 2 Sep. 2021 With its own draining and interminable elements, touring might correlate with ultrarunning, the otherwise improbable side-occupation of Death Cab principal Ben Gibbard. Nathan Rizzo | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 30 Aug. 2021 Waiting for a Kanye West album can be an excruciating, interminable experience. Andrew R. Chow, Time, 6 Aug. 2021 As the months of this interminable pandemic dragged on, the necessity of mask-wearing—particularly if your kids, like mine, were attending in-person school—became increasingly apparent. Chloe Schama, Vogue, 11 Aug. 2021 Thus began a seemingly interminable layover that some Filipino workers described to the AP as one of anxiety and unrelenting boredom. Fox News, 9 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of interminable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for interminable

Middle English, from Late Latin interminabilis, from Latin in- + terminare to terminate

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English Language Learners Definition of interminable

: having or seeming to have no end : continuing for a very long time


in·​ter·​mi·​na·​ble | \ in-ˈtər-mə-nə-bəl How to pronounce interminable (audio) \

Kids Definition of interminable

: having or seeming to have no end … Mr. and Mrs. Welch were having an interminable, rambling conversation about nothing in particular …— Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy

Other Words from interminable

interminably \ -​blē \ adverb


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