Adjective "miserable" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a person) wretchedly unhappy or uncomfortable.
  1. 'They go in with their boyfriends and they're miserable, uncomfortable and they just want to go.'
  2. 'So he'd helped his miserable friend console his woe begotten soul with some more hard liquor until he'd passed out.'
  3. 'Anne is miserable, alternating between laughing and despairing.'
  4. 'I speak to him briefly on the phone; he has chickenpox and sounds miserable.'
  5. 'She muttered inaudibly, miserable for the rest of the day as she brooded on that dark piece of information.'
  6. 'It just - it makes the victims or their families miserable and uncomfortable, and it makes a celebrity out of the criminal.'
  7. 'Bryan groaned loudly and buried his head in his pillow, sounding absolutely miserable.'
  8. 'He always talks about her to me, and I feel so uncomfortable and miserable.'
  9. 'Now she could see that the results probably weren't too favorable for him, for he looked utterly miserable.'
  10. 'It's no different when someone is miserable and depressed.'
  11. 'horribly wet and miserable conditions'
  12. 'Illegal workers have to accept terribly low wages, miserable working conditions, and essentially no benefits.'
  13. 'After almost two years of occupation, and miserable living conditions, we want our country back.'
  14. 'Many live in precarious shacks and suffer under miserable conditions.'
  15. 'Their social and economic conditions were made miserable.'
  16. 'Others complained about the miserable conditions at the shelters.'
  17. 'There, under wet and miserable field conditions, members of the unit labored to create a base of operations for the Allies' final push into Germany.'
  18. 'In a new twist on a miserable but familiar condition, part of the reason for this year's high pollen counts, some experts say, could be the foot and mouth crisis.'
  19. 'Played in the most miserable wet conditions in keeping with the time of year, this was an amazing game.'
  20. 'Some 130 million people have been removed from abject poverty but their living condition remains miserable.'
  21. 'a miserable man in his late sixties'
  22. 'Yet sceptics argued that a large modern republic was not possible in Europe, with its overpowerful feudal nobilities and its hordes of miserable poor.'
  23. 'Paunchy, miserable, humourless, he'd be dour if he weren't too depressed to summon up the energy.'
  24. 'And though you may be a success, you're secretly miserable.'
  25. 'The bar staff and in particular, the door staff were the most miserable, surly and unhospitable people around.'
  26. 'Is it possible that such an achievement would reduce some of the gathering anger that the poor and miserable of the earth may be inclined to direct at the rich and indifferent?'
  27. 'Think of all the miserable children of millionaires with more money than they know what to do with, washing around the gossip columns, famous for their names and nothing else.'
  28. 'I happen to know that miserable wretch intimately, as I stare at him each morning in the mirror.'
  29. '‘If I say no to people then I am going to look like the miserable bloke,’ he said.'
  30. 'How dare this miserable excuse for a Federal Government chastise any other country over pulling their troops out of Iraq.'
  31. 'Can someone tell me the point of employing this simpering, miserable pansy merely so that he can complain week-in, week-out about how much he hates the place?'
  32. 'Aaron tried to scowl at the miserable creature, but it didn't faze him one bit.'
  33. 'I should have your throat cut for cowardice you miserable wretch!'
  34. 'Luckily for the compassionate singer, the "miserable bastard" wasn't disabled.'
Pitiably small or inadequate.
  1. 'That's the only way we can stop employers exploiting us with miserable wages and inhuman conditions.'
  2. 'Twenty years ago, school districts delivered miserable services to poor and minority families with no sanction.'
  3. 'Even Alan Greenspan sees unequal incomes as ‘a major threat to security’, a pretty miserable reason for addressing the problem.'
  4. 'Social indifference or ignorance under the present conditions makes a particularly miserable program for artistic work.'
  5. 'a lousy dollar a day — could any government be more miserable?'


1. wretchedly unhappy, uneasy, or uncomfortable: miserable victims of war.

2. wretchedly poor; needy.

3. of wretched character or quality; contemptible: a miserable villain.

4. attended with or causing misery: a miserable existence.

5. manifesting misery.

6. worthy of pity; deplorable: a miserable failure.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be miserable in/at/on nights."

"people can be miserable without people."

"people can be miserable as sins."

"margins can be miserable in couples."

"lives can be miserable for majorities."

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Late Middle English: from French misérable, from Latin miserabilis ‘pitiable’, from miserari ‘to pity’, from miser ‘wretched’.