Definition of miserable adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmɪzrəbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪzrəbl//
    Unhappiness, Describing unpleasant traits
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  1. 1very unhappy or uncomfortable We were cold, wet and thoroughly miserable. Don't look so miserable! She knows how to make life miserable for her employees. See related entries: Unhappiness
  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) 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 devil. See related entries: Describing unpleasant traits
  4. 4too small in quantity synonym paltry How can anyone live on such a miserable wage?
  5. Word Originlate Middle English: from French misérable, from Latin miserabilis ‘pitiable’, from miserari ‘to pity’, from miser ‘wretched’.Extra examples We got home feeling tired and miserable. feeling utterly miserable about his exams Don’t look so miserable! The miners came past with their tired and miserable faces. The play was a miserable failure. These people live in miserable conditions. What a miserable day!
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