Definition of miserable
1 : being in a pitiable state of distress or unhappiness (as from want or shame) miserable refugees
2a : wretchedly inadequate or meager (see meager 2) a miserable hovelb : causing extreme discomfort or unhappiness a miserable situation miserable weather his miserable childhood
3 : being likely to discredit or shame his miserable neglect of his wife had a miserable, snide contempt for our country — Joyce Winslow
miserablyplay \-blē\ adverb
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.
Recent Examples of miserable from the Web
Alone, With Friends Steve (Jonathan Rivera), the awkward star of Lee Peters's new play, is gay, lonely, and miserable.
Monsoonal moisture moving up from Mexico will add humidity to the mix, making the conditions even more miserable and preventing the region from significantly cooling overnight, Seto said.
Just Ohio, which is even more miserable and also likely to drain your wallet.
Middle school is a universally miserable time, of course.
Hamas is making our life miserable, and the Palestinian Authority shares the blame.
The heat was intense, and with no air conditioning, everyone was miserable.
Of the four-to-six percent of Americans with SAD symptoms, ten percent of them are prone to be miserable during warmer months.
The heat has caused flights to be canceled, strained the power grid and made life miserable for workers toiling outside.
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Origin and Etymology of miserable
Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin miserabilis wretched, pitiable, from miserari to pity, from miser
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
MISERABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of miserable for English Language Learners
: very unhappy
: very sick or unwell
: very severe or unpleasant
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
miserably\-blē\ adverb We failed miserably.
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