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 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>
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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