miserable[miz′ər ə bəl, miz′rə-]
- The definition of miserable is someone or something that is unhappy, suffering or in a condition of misery, or something that is bad or inferior.
- An example of miserable are the driving conditions when there is black ice on the road.
- An example of miserable is a dirty restaurant with bad food and bad service.
- in a condition of misery; wretched, unhappy, suffering, etc.
- causing misery, discomfort, or suffering: miserable weather
- bad; inferior; inadequate: a miserable performance
- shameful; disgraceful
Origin of miserableFrench misérable ; from Classical Latin miserabilis, pitiable ; from miserari, to pity ; from miser, wretched
Obsolete a miserable person
- Very uncomfortable or unhappy; wretched.
- Causing or accompanied by great discomfort or distress: a miserable climate.
- Mean or shameful; contemptible: a miserable trick.
- Wretchedly inadequate: lived in a miserable shack; fed the prisoners miserable rations.
- Of poor quality; inferior: miserable handicraft.
Origin of miserableMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin miserābilis, pitiable, from miserārī, to pity, from miser, wretched.
(comparative miserabler or more miserable, superlative miserablest or most miserable)
- Nouns to which "miserable" is often applied: life, condition, state, situation, day, time, creature, person, child, failure, place, world, season, year, week, experience, feeling, work, town, city, wage, job, case, excuse, dog.