from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Very uncomfortable or unhappy; wretched.
- adj. Causing or accompanied by great discomfort or distress: a miserable climate.
- adj. Mean or shameful; contemptible: a miserable trick.
- adj. Wretchedly inadequate: lived in a miserable shack; fed the prisoners miserable rations.
- adj. Of poor quality; inferior: miserable handicraft.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. In a state of misery: very sad, ill, or poor.
- adj. Very bad (at something); unskilled, incompetent.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Very unhappy; wretched; living in misery.
- adj. Causing unhappiness or misery.
- adj. Worthless; mean; despicable
- adj. Avaricious; niggardly; miserly.
- n. A miserable person.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Unhappy; wretched; hapless.
- Causing or attended by suffering or unhappiness; distressing; doleful: as, a miserable lot or condition; miserable weather.
- Manifesting misery; indicative of want or suffering; shocking; pitiable: as, a miserable hut; to be covered with miserable rags; miserable looks.
- Of wretched character or quality; without value or merit; very poor; mean; worthless: as, a miserable soil; a miserable performer or performance; a miserable subterfuge.
- Covetous; miserly; niggardly.
- Compassionate; merciful; commiserating.
- Synonyms Distressed, forlorn, disconsolate, afflicted, pitiable. See affliction.
- n. An unfortunate, unhappy creature; a wretch.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of the most contemptible kind
- adj. deserving or inciting pity
- adj. contemptibly small in amount
- adj. characterized by physical misery
- adj. very unhappy; full of misery
- adj. of very poor quality or condition
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin miserābilis, pitiable, from miserārī, to pity, from miser, wretched.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)