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[in-suhf-er-uh-buh l] /ɪnˈsʌf ər ə bəl/
not to be endured; intolerable; unbearable:
their insufferable insolence.
Origin of insufferable
1525-35; in-3 + sufferable
Related forms
insufferableness, noun
insufferably, adverb Unabridged
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  • Still, if those years ran into thousands, as they might sometimes do, this plan would be insufferably tedious.

    Clairvoyance Charles Webster Leadbeater
  • Gould, who was a bad shot, had bagged five couple, and patronised him insufferably.

    Dr. Jolliffe's Boys Lewis Hough
  • You tell me with tonic candour that I am insufferably conceited.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
  • This inaction was horrible,—this place wearied him insufferably.

    Rose Charlitte Marshall Saunders
  • We trust that the sentiment which he tried to express was all right, notwithstanding the insufferably pedantic form of it.

    A Year in Europe Walter W. Moore
  • They found her ignorant and ill-bred and insufferably impertinent.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
  • When leaving the River Plate the air in the saloon and state-rooms was insufferably close.

  • Sarah (colored) was willing and pleasant, but insufferably untidy.

    Miss Billy Married Eleanor H. Porter
  • Hsina was crying, and Fafann, who expected to go with her mistress, was insufferably important.

    The Golden Silence C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for insufferably


intolerable; unendurable
Derived Forms
insufferableness, noun
insufferably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for insufferably



early 15c., from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + sufferable (see suffer). Related: Insufferably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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