Simple Definition of miserable
: 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>
Examples of miserable in a sentence
He had a miserable childhood.
My boss is making my life thoroughly miserable with her constant demands and criticism.
He felt lonely and miserable after his divorce.
I've had a miserable cold for the past week.
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
MISERABLE Defined for Kids
Definition of miserable for Students
1 : very unhappy or distressed <The stranded passengers were miserable.>
2 : causing great discomfort <a miserable cold>
3 : very unsatisfactory <miserable weather>
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