Definition of interminable in English:



  • Endless or apparently endless (often used hyperbolically)

    ‘we got bogged down in interminable discussions’
    • ‘Having navigated those hurdles we then have the interminable drive South.’
    • ‘Most people are likely tired of the interminable debate over outsourcing.’
    • ‘He avoided answering every question and produced an interminable drone to kill time and frustrate the interviewer.’
    • ‘Most people are more afraid of being caught in interminable suffering during the dying process than they are of death itself.’
    • ‘I anticipated interminable delays in taking our orders but I was wrong.’
    • ‘After a while these interminable lists acquire a certain ghoulish fascination, prompting a host of other questions.’
    • ‘At times, the delays for relatives and victims have seemed interminable.’
    • ‘There was the usual interminable discussion about it at half time and afterwards.’
    • ‘Then we waited for the interminable paperwork that accompanies getting bumped.’
    • ‘This is an interminable argument that must be decided situationally.’
    • ‘It was the interminable non-story about some guy's grad night woes that finally blew my patience out the back door.’
    • ‘I get more intolerant and downright bored with this interminable, stomach-churning rubbish every year.’
    • ‘It bores me to write the words, but that's the nature of this interminable week.’
    • ‘The Josef Stalin Museum itself is enormous, winding through interminable corridors over two floors.’
    • ‘At least this would be less boring than those interminable slide shows he gave us in days gone by.’
    • ‘And so it continues with only the occasional hand clap to lessen the interminable uninspiring drone.’
    • ‘Traffic is horrendous, with streets congested during seemingly interminable rush hours.’
    • ‘The films are slow with no tension or real intrigue to bridge the interminable passages where nothing happens.’
    • ‘Just how many of them have read the addled, interminable book that first described his adventures, however, is debatable.’
    • ‘Later his name appears in the papers, he is forced to move house because of death threats and he can't find work due to an interminable police inquiry.’
    seemingly endless, endless, never-ending, unending, without end, non-stop, everlasting, ceaseless, unceasing, incessant, constant, continual, uninterrupted, unbroken, sustained
    countless, numerous, many, untold, manifold, multitudinous, multifarious, innumerable, numberless, unmeasured, unnumbered, incalculable, indeterminable
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Late Middle English: from Old French, or from late Latin interminabilis, from in- ‘not’ + terminare (see terminate).