miserable

adjective
mis·​er·​a·​ble | \ ˈmi-zər-bəl, ˈmiz-rə-, ˈmi-zə-rə- How to pronounce miserable (audio) \

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 \ ˈmi-​zər-​blē , ˈmiz-​rə-​ , ˈmi-​zə-​rə-​ How to pronounce miserably (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web Instead, the Rohingya live in miserable conditions near the Myanmar border at the world’s largest refugee camp. BostonGlobe.com, "Boat packed with Rohingya refugees capsizes off Bangladesh," 11 Feb. 2020 Instead, the Rohingya live in miserable conditions near the Myanmar border at the world’s largest refugee camp. Daniel Victor, New York Times, "Boat Packed With Rohingya Refugees Capsizes Off Bangladesh," 11 Feb. 2020 Jackson weathered miserable conditions to run for 101 yards and Justin Tucker kicked a tiebreaking 49-yard field goal as time expired to give the Ravens a 20-17 victory Sunday in a possible Super Bowl preview. David Ginsburg, The Denver Post, "Lamar Jackson, Ravens beat 49ers to extend win streak to 8," 1 Dec. 2019 Jackson weathered miserable conditions to run for 101 yards and Justin Tucker kicked a tiebreaking 49-yard field goal as time expired to give the Ravens a 20-17 victory Sunday in a possible Super Bowl preview. David Ginsburg, Houston Chronicle, "Lamar Jackson, Ravens defeat 49ers to extend win streak to 8," 1 Dec. 2019 There was to be no unlikely comeback as the second half, in miserable weather conditions, was equally dire from a Magpies perspective. SI.com, "Leicester 5-0 Newcastle: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Vardy Double Helps Foxes Trounce Magpies," 29 Sep. 2019 The job can be demanding: Crews often work around the clock in miserable conditions during severe weather and power outages. Washington Post, "High-voltage women wanted; must enjoy breaking ground," 29 Aug. 2019 This led to a minor back spasm that made my waking and sleeping life miserable. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "The Back Massager That My Coworkers Always Steal," 21 Feb. 2020 People believe promises have to be true when the alternative is too miserable. Barry M. Mitnick, The Conversation, "Why do people believe con artists?," 21 Feb. 2020

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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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4 Apr 2020

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“Miserable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miserable. Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for miserable

miserable

adjective
How to pronounce miserable (audio)

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 How to pronounce miserable (audio) , 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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