miserable

adjective
mis·​er·​a·​ble | \ˈmi-zər-bəl, ˈmiz-rə-, ˈmi-zə-rə-\

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 sense 2) a miserable hovel

b : 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

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Other Words from miserable

miserable noun
miserableness noun
miserably \-​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.
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Painstakingly, Peri eventually managed to express milk by hand, but the whole experience was miserable, her fear of mastitis and her anger at the algorithms surfacing pornography masquerading as women’s health colliding in an airport bathroom. Jenna Sauers, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Women Really Quit Breastfeeding," 17 July 2018 This world will be better, but not if everybody is miserable. Recode Staff, Recode, "Journalist and author Annie Lowrey wants you to understand that universal basic income isn’t crazy," 16 July 2018 Everyone is as miserable as me, and is feeling just as little pleasure and relief, and is being given no breathing room. Anna Peele, GQ, "Patton Oswalt Figured Out How to Deal with Trump," 14 June 2018 The queen on h3 really makes White’s life miserable 25.Rxe4 Nd7 Here comes the knight with tempo 26.Qa4 Rf3! Chris Chase, BostonGlobe.com, "Weekly chess column," 11 Mar. 2018 The trio of Noah Dickerson, Sam Timmins and Hameir Wright made life miserable for Bassey, who scored 11 points on 5-for-9 shooting. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "Three takeaways from Washington’s 73-55 season-opening win over Western Kentucky," 7 Nov. 2018 But there’s no reason to live with feeling lethargic, fatigued, and miserable. Korin Miller, SELF, "Houston Astros Pitcher Josh James Discovered His 'Laziness' Was Actually a Symptom of Sleep Apnea," 19 Oct. 2018 These two programs will probably stay separate and turn into separate planes thanks to the miserable experience of the F-35. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What You Need To Know About the Air Force and Navy's Next Fighter Jets," 18 July 2018 President Obama’s health care law experienced miserable polling numbers in the initial years after its 2010 passage, with more people disapproving of the Affordable Care Act than approving of it, according to the Kaiser Health Tracking Poll. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "Two Words That Could Shape the Politics of the Trade War: Loss Aversion," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of miserable

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for miserable

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin miserabilis wretched, pitiable, from miserari to pity, from miser

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miserable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of miserable

: very unhappy

: very sick or unwell

: very severe or unpleasant

miserable

adjective
mis·​er·​a·​ble | \ˈmi-zə-rə-bəl, ˈmi-zər-bəl\

Kids Definition of miserable

1 : very unhappy or distressed The stranded passengers were miserable.

2 : causing great discomfort a miserable cold

3 : very unsatisfactory miserable weather

Other Words from miserable

miserably \-​blē \ adverb We failed miserably.

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