Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “miserable”

See all translations

miserable

adjective
 
 
/ˈmɪzərəbl/
SAD B1 unhappy: I just woke up feeling miserable.Feeling sad and unhappy
NOT PLEASANT B2 very unpleasant or bad, and causing someone to feel unhappy: Some families are living in miserable conditions.Making people sad, shocked and upset
NOT ENOUGH informal A miserable amount is too small to be acceptable: She offered me a miserable 50 euros for my old computer.Costing or worth little or no money
(Definition of miserable from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “miserable” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

work out

to exercise in order to improve the strength or appearance of your body

Word of the Day

Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.

by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,

Read More 

bio-inspiration noun

April 13, 2015
the adoption of patterns and structures found in nature for the purposes of engineering, manufacturing, science, etc. The MIT researchers actually aren’t the only robotics team to turn to cheetahs for bio-inspiration.

Read More