miserable


mis·er·a·ble

adjective \ˈmi-zər-bəl, ˈmiz-rə-, ˈmi-zə-rə-\

: very unhappy

: very sick or unwell

: very severe or unpleasant

Full Definition of MISERABLE

1
:  being in a pitiable state of distress or unhappiness (as from want or shame) <miserable refugees>
2
a :  wretchedly inadequate or meager <a miserable hovel>
b :  causing extreme discomfort or unhappiness <a miserable situation>
3
:  being likely to discredit or shame <his miserable neglect of his wife>
miserable noun
mis·er·a·ble·ness noun
mis·er·a·bly \-blē\ adverb

Examples of MISERABLE

  1. He had a miserable childhood.
  2. My boss is making my life thoroughly miserable with her constant demands and criticism.
  3. He felt lonely and miserable after his divorce.
  4. I've had a miserable cold for the past week.
  5. He lived in a miserable little shack.

Origin of MISERABLE

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin miserabilis wretched, pitiable, from miserari to pity, from miser
First Known Use: 15th century

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: miserere
Previous Word in the Dictionary: miser
All Words Near: miserable

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up miserable? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More