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"miserable" in British English

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miserableadjective

uk   /ˈmɪz.ər.ə.bl̩/  us   /-ɚ-/
  • miserable adjective (UNHAPPY)

B1 very ​unhappy: She's miserable ​living on her own.B2 unpleasant and ​causingunhappiness: miserable ​weather What a miserable ​existence! How could anyone ​live in such ​awfulconditions?

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  • miserable adjective (NOT GOOD)

C2 [before noun] used to ​emphasize the ​lowquality of ​value of something: The ​book was a miserable ​failure.informal She only ​offered me a miserable $20 for my ​oldphone.
(Definition of miserable from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"miserable" in American English

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miserableadjective

 us   /ˈmɪz·ər·ə·bəl/
  • miserable adjective (UNHAPPY)

very ​unhappy, or causing much ​unhappiness: They can make ​yourlife miserable if they ​want to.
  • miserable adjective (HAVING LOW VALUE)

very ​low in ​quality or ​value: The ​forecast is for miserable ​weather today.
(Definition of miserable from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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