What is miserable?

  • (adj): Of the most contemptible kind.
    Example: "His miserable treatment of his family"; "You miserable skunk!"
    Synonyms: abject, low, low-down, scummy, scurvy
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "miserable":

  • (adj): Very unhappy; full of misery.
    Example: "He felt depressed and miserable"
    Synonyms: suffering, wretched
  • (adj): Characterized by physical misery.
    Example: "A wet miserable weekend"
    Synonyms: wretched
  • (adj): Contemptibly small in amount.
    Example: "The company donated a miserable $100 for flood relief"; "almost depleted his miserable store of dried beans"
    Synonyms: measly, paltry

Famous quotes containing the word miserable:

    One of the saddest things is that the only thing that a man can do for eight hours a day, day after day, is work. You can’t eat eight hours a day nor drink for eight hours a day nor make love for eight hours—all you can do for eight hours is work. Which is the reason why man makes himself and everybody else so miserable and unhappy.
    William Faulkner (1897–1962)

    A man who has nothing which he cares about more than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the existing of better men than himself.
    John Stuart Mill (1806–1873)

    I don’t like your miserable lonely single “front name.” It is so limited, so meagre; it has no versatility; it is weighted down with the sense of responsibility; it is worn threadbare with much use; it is as bad as having only one jacket and one hat; it is like having only one relation, one blood relation, in the world. Never set a child afloat on the flat sea of life with only one sail to catch the wind.
    —D.H. (David Herbert)