miserable

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

Definition of miserable

  1. 1 :  being in a pitiable state of distress or unhappiness (as from want or shame) miserable refugees

  2. 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. 3 :  being likely to discredit or shame his miserable neglect of his wife had a miserable, snide contempt for our country — Joyce Winslow

miserable

noun

miserableness

noun

miserably

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Examples of miserable in a sentence

  1. He had a miserable childhood.

  2. My boss is making my life thoroughly miserable with her constant demands and criticism.

  3. He felt lonely and miserable after his divorce.

  4. I've had a miserable cold for the past week.

  5. He lived in a miserable little shack.

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

miserable

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

Definition of miserable for English Language Learners

  • : very unhappy

  • : very sick or unwell

  • : very severe or unpleasant


MISERABLE Defined for Kids

miserable

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

Definition of miserable for Students

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

  2. 2 :  causing great discomfort a miserable cold

  3. 3 :  very unsatisfactory miserable weather

miserably

\-blē\ adverb We failed miserably.


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