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[in-tur-muh-nuh-buh l] /ɪnˈtɜr mə nə bəl/
incapable of being terminated; unending:
an interminable job.
monotonously or annoyingly protracted or continued; unceasing; incessant:
I can't stand that interminable clatter.
having no limits:
an interminable desert.
Origin of interminable
1325-75; Middle English < Late Latin interminābilis. See in-3, terminable
Related forms
interminableness, interminability, noun
interminably, adverb Unabridged
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  • But the poem was flowing on interminably; I began to mistrust my memory.

    Myths of the Rhine X. B. Saintine
  • If the ushers were to be believed, the discussion was likely to go on interminably.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • How dreadfully cold it is, and how interminably long the winter seems!

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
  • Flanked by guards, they went down a corridor which stretched on interminably.

    The Status Civilization Robert Sheckley
  • Thursday evening came in spite of what the girls must have regarded as an interminably dragging day.

  • The dark dripping walls on either side of them stretched on interminably.

    Lochinvar S. R. Crockett
  • At last they break into a low chant, which increases in volume, and rising and falling goes on interminably.

    The Unwritten Literature of the Hopi Hattie Greene Lockett
  • Mary had not remained at the Flowers' interminably, after all.

    Angela's Business Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • The play proved to be dull (at least to Gilbert Byfield), and the evening seemed to stretch on interminably.

British Dictionary definitions for interminably


endless or seemingly endless because of monotony or tiresome length
Derived Forms
interminability, interminableness, noun
interminably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for interminably



late 14c., from Late Latin interminabilis, from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + terminabilis, from terminalis (see terminal). Related: Interminably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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