late Middle English: from Old French, or from late Latin interminabilis, from in- ‘not’ + terminare (terminate= means to end).
Adjective: endless or apparently endless (often used hyperbolically).
CHARACTERISTICS Example in a sentence:
The explanation took an interminable amount of time.
The road seemed to go on interminably.
Do you know what ‘until the cows come home’ means?
When we say ‘until the cows come home’ we are referring to something happening for a long and unspecified amount of time.
Origin – the story:
Cows make their way home in their own time, they don’t rush.
This phrase is a long-standing one that dates back in print to at least the late sixteenth century.
Example: They had a fantastic time together and could have continued walking along the beach until the cows came home