Definition of miserable
- miserable refugees
- a miserable hovel
- a miserable situation
- miserable weather
- his miserable childhood
- his miserable neglect of his wife
- had a miserable, snide contempt for our country
- —Joyce Winslow
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.
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
bad, blue, brokenhearted, cast down, crestfallen, dejected, depressed, despondent, disconsolate, doleful, down, downcast, downhearted, droopy, forlorn, gloomy, glum, hangdog, heartbroken, heartsick, heartsore, heavyhearted, inconsolable, joyless, low, low-spirited, melancholic, melancholy, mournful, sad, saddened, sorrowful, sorry, unhappy, woebegone, woeful, wretched;
black, bleak, cheerless, comfortless, dark, darkening, depressing, desolate, dismal, dreary, elegiac (also elegiacal), funereal, gray (also grey), morbid, morose, saturnine, somber (or sombre), sullen;
: very unhappy
: very sick or unwell
: very severe or unpleasant
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to speak or write verbosely and windily
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