Meaning of “pathetic” - Learner’s Dictionary


adjective uk us /pəˈθetɪk/
BAD informal

showing no skill, effort, or bravery:

He made a rather pathetic attempt to apologize.
You're too frightened to speak to her? Come on, that's pathetic!
It was a pathetic performance.

sad and weak:

Four times the pathetic little creature fell to the ground.
pathetically adverb

a pathetically small amount of money

(Definition of “pathetic” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)