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
A dozen dogs that were living in miserable conditions at a South Korean farm that raises dogs for meat now have a much brighter future.
The Royals were mired in a miserable opening month.
After a miserable May, iron ore is opening the new month on the back foot.
Clowes’ refusal to tack toward a happy ending, or even a darkly miserable one, helps Ghost World linger.
The Cubs hope Butler, who was 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his first three starts, can ascend after a rough beginning with the Rockies the same way Arrieta did after he was traded to the Cubs in July 2013 after a miserable start with the Orioles.
Jose Bautista has been a driving force in the resurgence, hitting .320 with nine homers with 21 RBIs following a miserable April.
Both missed the final stretch of the Panthers’ miserable post-Super Bowl season after getting injured in a Thursday night loss to New Orleans in November.
The Mets have lost eight of their past 11 games, and even red-hot Conforto had a miserable night in the rain.
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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 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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