Definition of interminable
: having or seeming to have no end; especially : wearisomely protracted an interminable sermon
interminablyplay \(ˌ)in-ˈtərm-nə-blē, -ˈtər-mə-\ adverb
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Recent Examples of interminable from the Web
Oddly, all three outs in the interminable inning came on strikeouts.
SPRAWLING VINEYARDS, cavernous wine cellars, formal, interminable meals—that’s Bordeaux, right?
The Last Knight Is More of the Same—Christopher Orr laments the loud and unpleasant fifth installment to the interminable series.
Shadow of Mordor could’ve been an Arkham game, a Suicide Squad game, a Justice League game, another interminable Lego adventure, or any other WB license.
Gordon added his third homer in eight games after an interminable drought, crushing a 411-foot shot to dead center field.
The nascent passion between the men is very nearly unreadable, and the small talk seems interminable.
As ripping off the bandage goes, this has been somewhere just short of interminable.
The wait is interminable; each take a rewarding shock.
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Did You Know?
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."
Origin and Etymology of interminable
Middle English, from Late Latin interminabilis, from Latin in- + terminare to terminate
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
INTERMINABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of interminable for English Language Learners
: having or seeming to have no end : continuing for a very long time
INTERMINABLE Defined for Kids
Definition of interminable for Students
: 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
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