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Definition of miserable adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈmɪzərəbl//
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  1. 1very unhappy or uncomfortable We were cold, wet, and thoroughly miserable. Don't look so miserable!
  2. 2making you feel very unhappy or uncomfortable synonym depressing miserable housing conditions I spent a miserable weekend alone at home. What a miserable day (= cold and wet)! She knows how to make life miserable for her employees. The play was a miserable failure.
  3. 3[only before noun] (disapproving) (of a person) always unhappy, bad-tempered, and unfriendly synonym grumpy He was a miserable old man.
  4. 4too small in quantity synonym paltry How can anyone live on such a miserable wage?
, NAmE//ˈmɪzərəbli//
adverb They wandered around miserably. a miserably cold day He failed miserably as an actor.
(as) guilty, miserable, ugly, etc. as sin (informal)
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2used to emphasize that someone is very guilty, etc.
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