Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “miserable”

miserable

adjective uk   /ˈmɪz.ər.ə.bl̩/ us    /-ɚ-/

miserable adjective (UNHAPPY)

B1 very unhappy: She's miserable living on her own. B2 unpleasant and causing unhappiness: miserable weather What a miserable existence! How could anyone live in such dreadful conditions.

miserable adjective (OF LOW VALUE)

C2 [before noun] having little value or quality: informal She only offered me a miserable £20 for my old computer.slang Some miserable bastard went and vandalized my car.
(Definition of miserable from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of miserable?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “miserable” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

light at the end of the tunnel

signs of improvement in a situation that has been bad for a long time, or signs that a long and difficult piece of work is almost finished

Word of the Day

The language of work

by Kate Woodford,
October 15, 2014
Most of us talk about our jobs. We tell our family and friends interesting or funny things that have happened in the workplace (=room where we do our job), we describe – and sometimes complain about – our bosses and colleagues and when we meet someone for the first time, we tell

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More