- 1(Of a person) wretchedly unhappy or uncomfortable: their happiness made Anne feel even more miserableMore example sentences
- They go in with their boyfriends and they're miserable, uncomfortable and they just want to go.
- It's no different when someone is miserable and depressed.
- So he'd helped his miserable friend console his woe begotten soul with some more hard liquor until he'd passed out.
- 1.1(Of a situation or environment) causing someone to feel wretchedly unhappy or uncomfortable: horribly wet and miserable conditionsMore example sentences
- In general it was a day for the hardiest of souls as combination of biting cold and persistent flurries of rain made conditions thoroughly miserable for spectators and players alive.
- Illegal workers have to accept terribly low wages, miserable working conditions, and essentially no benefits.
- Their social and economic conditions were made miserable.
- 1.2(Of a person) habitually morose: a miserable man in his late sixtiesMore example sentences
- He was miserable and moody, frustrated and just plain rude, insulting anyone who gave him the slightest reason.
- Paunchy, miserable, humourless, he'd be dour if he weren't too depressed to summon up the energy.
- Jack's right hand man is a miserable bad tempered individual with several years of service behind him.
- 2Pitiably small or inadequate: all they pay me is a miserable $10,000 a yearMore example sentences
- March's trade deficit came in at a miserable but slightly less-than-expected $31.6 billion.
- Twenty years ago, school districts delivered miserable services to poor and minority families with no sanction.
- Their one-day cricket last term was nothing short of miserable.
- 2.1 [attributive] Contemptible (used as a term of abuse or for emphasis): you miserable old creep!More example sentences
- I think they'd say I was a miserable moany old git at the best of times.
- I happen to know that miserable wretch intimately, as I stare at him each morning in the mirror.
- If not, they are miserable wretches who are capitalising on people's misery.
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- It's absurd things like that that balance the movie off its pain-film miserableness; this is a really funny movie, despite the constant stream of tragedy, loss, degradation and soul-shattering identity crisis its characters undergo.
- But in an incredible marketing feat the Scottish Tourist Board and Scottish Screen are now advertising the sheer miserableness of Scotland in a bid to attract film crews and tourists.
- The way the English deal with their current law - and how they enforce closing time by bellowing at poor drinkers - smacks of a mean streak of miserableness.
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- Which is how I ended up squatting miserably under a solitary umbrella pine, waiting for the helicopter.
- The older generation of our country failed miserably in guiding and leading the younger ones.
- Its people have suffered miserably over many, many years - quite unjustifiably.
late Middle English: from French misérable, from Latin miserabilis 'pitiable', from miserari 'to pity', from miser 'wretched'.