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.
Origin and Etymology of miserable
Middle English, from Medieval French, from Latin miserabilis wretched, pitiable, from miserari to pity, from miser
First Known Use: 15th century
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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