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incessant +‎ -ly


  • (US) IPA(key): /ɪnˈsɛs.ə
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incessantly (not comparable)

  1. In a manner without pause or stop, especially to the point of annoyance; not ceasing.
    He jabbered incessantly and annoyed everyone.
    • 1865 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
      "You are old, father William," the young man said,
      "And your hair has become very white;
      And yet you incessantly stand on your head--
      Do you think, at your age, it is right?"
    • 1865, Henry David Thoreau, Cape Cod, Chapter I. "The Shipwreck", page 14.
      There were the tawny rocks, like lions couchant, defying the ocean, whose waves incessantly dashed against and scoured them with vast quantities of gravel.
    • 1938, Norman Lindsay, Age of Consent, Sydney: Ure Smith, published 1962, page 59:
      But just there a small hairy terrier exploded out at the gate, like a floor-mop impelled by some sort of internal combustion, which sent him off into a frenzy of yapping, incessantly jerked backwards by the explosive force of his own detonations.
  2. (obsolete) immediately


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