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Meaning & Definition of Miserable in English

English

Miserable

/mɪzərəbəl/

adjective

1. Very unhappy

  • Full of misery
  • "He felt depressed and miserable"
  • "A message of hope for suffering humanity"
  • "Wretched prisoners huddled in stinking cages"
    synonym:
  • miserable
  • ,
  • suffering
  • ,
  • wretched

2. Deserving or inciting pity

  • "A hapless victim"
  • "Miserable victims of war"
  • "The shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"- galsworthy
  • "Piteous appeals for help"
  • "Pitiable homeless children"
  • "A pitiful fate"
  • "Oh, you poor thing"
  • "His poor distorted limbs"
  • "A wretched life"
    synonym:
  • hapless
  • ,
  • miserable
  • ,
  • misfortunate
  • ,
  • pathetic
  • ,
  • piteous
  • ,
  • pitiable
  • ,
  • pitiful
  • ,
  • poor
  • ,
  • wretched

3. Of the most contemptible kind

  • "Abject cowardice"
  • "A low stunt to pull"
  • "A low-down sneak"
  • "His miserable treatment of his family"
  • "You miserable skunk!"
  • "A scummy rabble"
  • "A scurvy trick"
    synonym:
  • abject
  • ,
  • low
  • ,
  • low-down
  • ,
  • miserable
  • ,
  • scummy
  • ,
  • scurvy

4. Of very poor quality or condition

  • "Deplorable housing conditions in the inner city"
  • "Woeful treatment of the accused"
  • "Woeful errors of judgment"
    synonym:
  • deplorable
  • ,
  • execrable
  • ,
  • miserable
  • ,
  • woeful
  • ,
  • wretched

5. Characterized by physical misery

  • "A wet miserable weekend"
  • "Spent a wretched night on the floor"
    synonym:
  • miserable
  • ,
  • wretched

6. Contemptibly small in amount

  • "A measly tip"
  • "The company donated a miserable $100 for flood relief"
  • "A paltry wage"
  • "Almost depleted his miserable store of dried beans"
    synonym:
  • measly
  • ,
  • miserable
  • ,
  • paltry

Examples of using

It was a miserable day for a walk.
Tom was absolutely miserable when his dog ran away.
I'm sick, and it's miserable!