inseparable (adj.) Look up inseparable at
mid-14c., from Latin inseparabilis "that cannot be separated," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + separabilis, from separare (see separate (v.)). Related: Inseparably.
insert (v.) Look up insert at
"to set in, put or place in," 1520s, from insert, past participle of Middle English inseren "to set in place, to graft, to introduce (into the mind)" (late 14c.), from Latin inserere "to put in, implant," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + serere "join together" (see series). Related: Inserted; inserting. The noun meaning "something inserted" is from 1893.
insertion (n.) Look up insertion at
1590s, "act of putting in," from Late Latin insertionem (nominative insertio), noun of action from past participle stem of inserere (see insert). Meaning "that which is inserted" attested from 1620s.
inservice (adj.) Look up inservice at
also in-service, 1928, from in + service.
inset (n.) Look up inset at
1550s, "influx of water, place where water flows in," from in + set (n.2). Meaning "extra pages of a book, etc." is from 1875; that of "small map in the border of a larger one" is from 1881.
inshallah Look up inshallah at
1857, phonetic spelling of Arabic in sha Allah "if Allah wills (it)."
inside (n.) Look up inside at
late 14c., ynneside "interior of the body," compound of in (adv.) + side (n.). The adjective is 1610s, from the noun. Inside job "robbery, espionage, etc., committed by or with the help of a resident or servant of a place" is attested by 1887, American English (also, late 19c., early 20c., "indoors work"). Inside track "advantage" is metaphoric because those lanes are shorter on a curved track. Inside of, in reference to time, is from 1839.
inside-out (adj.) Look up inside-out at
"with the in side being out," c. 1600, from inside + out (adv.).
insider (n.) Look up insider at
"one in possession of special information by virtue of being within some organization," 1848, from inside + -er (1). Originally in reference to the stock markets.
insidious (adj.) Look up insidious at
1540s, from Middle French insidieux (15c.) or directly from Latin insidiosus "deceitful, cunning, artful," from insidiae (plural) "plot, snare, ambush," from insidere "sit on, occupy," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + sedere "to sit" (see sedentary). Related: Insidiously; insidiousness.
insight (n.) Look up insight at
c. 1200, innsihht, "sight with the eyes of the mind," mental vision, understanding," from in + sight. Sense shaded into "penetrating understanding into character or hidden nature" (1580s).
insightful (adj.) Look up insightful at
1881, from insight + -ful. Related: Insightfully; insightfulness.
insignia (n.) Look up insignia at
1640s, from Latin insignia, neuter plural of insigne "badge, mark," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + signum "mark" (see sign). Singular is insigne.
insignificance (n.) Look up insignificance at
1690s, from insignificant + -ance. Related: Insignificancy (1650s).
insignificant (adj.) Look up insignificant at
1650s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + significant. Related: Insignificantly.
insincere (adj.) Look up insincere at
1620s (implied in insincerely), from Latin insincerus "not genuine, not pure, adulterated," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + sincerus (see sincere).
insincerity (n.) Look up insincerity at
1540s, from Latin insincerus (see insincere) + -ity.
insinuate (v.) Look up insinuate at
1520s, from Latin insinuatus, past participle of insinuare "to throw in, push in, make a way; creep in, intrude, bring in by windings and curvings, wind one's way into," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + sinuare "to wind, bend, curve," from sinus "a curve, winding" (see sinus). Sense of "to introduce tortuously or indirectly" is from 1640s. Related: Insinuated; insinuating; insinuatingly.
insinuation (n.) Look up insinuation at
1520s, from Latin insinuationem (nominative insinuatio) "entrance through a narrow way; an ingratiating oneself," noun of action from past participle stem of insinuare (see insinuate).
insipid (adj.) Look up insipid at
1610s, "without taste or perceptible flavor," from French insipide (16c.), from Late Latin inspidus "tasteless," from Latin in- "not" (see in- (1)) + sapidus "tasty," from sapere "have a taste" (also "be wise;" see sapient). Figurative meaning "uninteresting, dull" first recorded 1640s, but it was also a secondary sense in Medieval Latin.
In ye coach ... went Mrs. Barlow, the King's mistress and mother to ye Duke of Monmouth, a browne, beautifull, bold, but insipid creature. [John Evelyn, diary, Aug. 18, 1649]
Related: Insipidly.
insipidity (n.) Look up insipidity at
c. 1600, from insipid + -ity.
insipience (n.) Look up insipience at
early 15c., "lack of wisdom, foolishness," from Old French insipience, from Latin insipientia "folly," from insipientem (see insipient).
insipient (adj.) Look up insipient at
"foolish," mid-15c., from Latin insipientem (nominative insipiens) "unwise, foolish," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + sapientem (see sapient). "Now mostly, or wholly, disused to avoid confusion with incipient" [OED].
insist (v.) Look up insist at
1580s, from Latin insistere "persist, dwell upon, stand upon," from in- "upon" (see in- (2)) + sistere "take a stand" (see assist). Perhaps in some cases a back-formation from insistence. Related: Insisted; insisting.
insistence (n.) Look up insistence at
mid-15c., from Middle French insister (see insist) + -ence.
insistent (adj.) Look up insistent at
1620s, "standing on something," from Latin insistentem (nominative insistens), present participle of insistere (see insist). Meaning "dwelling firmly on something asserted" is from 1868. Related: Insistently.
insobriety (n.) Look up insobriety at
1610s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + sobriety.
insolate (v.) Look up insolate at
"to expose to the rays of the sun," 1620s, from Latin insolatus, past participle of insolare, from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + sol "sun" (see Sol). Related: Insolated; insolation.
insole (n.) Look up insole at
1850s, from in + sole.
insolence (n.) Look up insolence at
late 14c., from Latin insolentia "unusualness, haughtiness, arrogance," from insolentem (see insolent).
insolent (adj.) Look up insolent at
late 14c., "contemptuous, arrogant, haughty," from Latin insolentem (nominative insolens) "arrogant, immoderate," literally "unusual," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + solentem, present participle of solere "be accustomed," which possibly is related to sodalis "close companion," and to suescere "become used to." Meaning "contemptuous of rightful authority" is from 1670s. Related: Insolently.
insolubility (n.) Look up insolubility at
1610s, from Late Latin insolubilitas, from Latin insolubilis (see insoluble).
insoluble (adj.) Look up insoluble at
late 14c., "unable to be loosened," from Latin insolubilis "that cannot be loosened," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + solubilis (see soluble). Figurative use, of problems, etc., is from late 14c.
It was a tacit conviction of the learned during the Middle Ages that no such thing as an insoluble question existed. There might be matters that presented serious difficulties, but if you could lay them before the right man -- some Arab in Spain, for instance, omniscient by reason of studies into the details of which it was better not to inquire -- he would give you a conclusive answer. The real trouble was only to find your man. [Gertrude Bell, "The Desert and the Sown," 1907]
insolvency (n.) Look up insolvency at
1660s; see insolvent + -cy. Insolvence (1793) is rare.
insolvent (adj.) Look up insolvent at
1590s, "unable to pay one's debts," from in- (1) "not" + Latin solventem "paying" (see solvent). Originally of one who was not a trader; only traders could become bankrupt.
insomnia (n.) Look up insomnia at
1620s, insomnie, from Latin insomnia "want of sleep," from insomnis "sleepless," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + somnus "sleep" (see Somnus). The modern form is from 1758.
insomniac Look up insomniac at
1877 (adj.); 1879 (n.), from insomnia.
insomuch Look up insomuch at
late 14c. as a phrase; tending to be run together from 16c.
insouciance (n.) Look up insouciance at
1799, from French insouciant "carelessness, thoughtlessness, heedlessness," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + se soucier "to care," from Latin sollicitare "to agitate" (see solicit).
insouciant (adj.) Look up insouciant at
1829, from French insouciant "careless, thoughtless, heedless," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + souciant "caring," present participle of soucier "to care," from Latin sollicitare "to agitate" (see solicit). Related: Insouciantly.
inspect (v.) Look up inspect at
1620s, from Latin inspectus, past participle of inspicere "to look into" (see inspection). Related: Inspected; inspecting.
inspection (n.) Look up inspection at
late 14c., from Old French inspeccion "inspection, examination" (13c.), from Latin inspectionem (nominative inspectio) "a looking into," noun of action from past participle stem of inspicere "look into, inspect, examine," from in- "into" (see in- (2)) + specere "to look" (see scope (n.1)).
inspector (n.) Look up inspector at
c. 1600, "overseer, superintendent," from Latin inspector, agent noun from past participle stem of inspicere (see inspection). As a police ranking between sergeant and superintendent, it dates from 1840. Related: Inspectorial. Of the 18c. feminine formations, inspectrix (1715) is earlier than inspectress (1785).
inspiration (n.) Look up inspiration at
c. 1300, "immediate influence of God or a god," especially that under which the holy books were written, from Old French inspiracion "inhaling, breathing in; inspiration," from Late Latin inspirationem (nominative inspiratio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin inspirare "inspire, inflame, blow into," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + spirare "to breathe" (see spirit). Literal sense "act of inhaling" attested in English from 1560s. Meaning "one who inspires others" is attested by 1867.
inspirational (adj.) Look up inspirational at
1839, "influenced by inspiration;" 1884, "tending to inspire;" see inspiration + -al (1).
inspire (v.) Look up inspire at
mid-14c., enspiren, "to fill (the mind, heart, etc., with grace, etc.);" also "to prompt or induce (someone to do something)," from Old French enspirer (13c.), from Latin inspirare "inflame; blow into" (see inspiration), a loan-translation of Greek pnein in the Bible. General sense of "influence or animate with an idea or purpose" is from late 14c. Also sometimes used in literal sense in Middle English. Related: Inspired; inspires; inspiring.
inspirer (n.) Look up inspirer at
c. 1500, agent noun from inspire.
inspissate (v.) Look up inspissate at
1620s, from Late Latin inspissatus, past participle of inspissare, from in- + spissare "to thicken," related to spissus "thick" (see spissitude). Related: Inspissated; inspissating.
instability (n.) Look up instability at
early 15c., from Middle French instabilite "inconstancy," from Latin instabilitatem (nominative instabilitas) "unsteadiness," from instabilis "unsteady," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + stabilis (see stable (2)).
instable (adj.) Look up instable at
c. 1400, from Latin instabilis, from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + stabilis (see stable). Now mostly replaced by unstable.