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 interminably (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."

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Trends come and go, but Chrissy Teigen is out to prove that some things—like interminable beach waves—are eternal. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Chrissy Teigen’s New Waist-Skimming Waves Are Made for Summer," 27 June 2019 The Mariners would have none of that, erupting in an interminable third inning for eight runs and trouncing the O’s, 13-3, to send them home with only one victory in a very discouraging seven-game West Coast road trip. Peter Schmuck,, "Orioles end seven-game West Coast trip with one victory after 13-3 loss to Mariners," 23 June 2019 This interminable poem laid bare the carnage that ensues as a result of skullduggery. Rebecca Schuman, Longreads, "On Truth and Lying in the Extra German Sense," 20 June 2019 As Henry said, the time between the action can be interminable. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "How Michigan baseball's College World Series run is changing legacy of program," 12 June 2019 President Trump declared in his interminable State of the Union speech Tuesday night. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: Unlimited Presidential Harassment!," 10 Feb. 2019 On Christmas the packages sat untouched through an interminable breakfast and a long, ritualistic coffee-drinking, as if to lull the morning’s presents into a false sense of security. Alexandra Kleeman, WSJ, "New Year’s Resolution: Pop Champagne Whenever," 28 Dec. 2018 But what the exact call broadcast was is also not confirmed since the feds have also prohibited release of the USPP radio run tapes pending completion of their interminable investigation which has now exceeded two months. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, "Key questions remain even after release of video in Park Police killing of Bijan Ghaisar," 25 Jan. 2018 It’s beautiful and loving and just a little interminable. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 2 is a dazzling confection with a slightly bitter aftertaste," 5 Dec. 2018

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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

disapproving : 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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