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
On a gorgeous Friday night where a coat wasn’t needed, the Mariners jumped on Rays starter Jake Odorizzi in an interminable bottom of the first aided by a mistake from an old friend.
This year’s 60th Annual Emmy Awards broadcast on Sept. 21 will feature TV’s most memorable lines throughout the interminable show.
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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."
Origin and Etymology of interminable
Middle English, from Late Latin interminabilis, from Latin in- + terminare to terminate
First Known Use: 15th century
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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