miserable miserable  /ˈmɪ zə rə bəl/


  1. (adj) very unhappy; full of misery
  2. (adj) deserving or inciting pity
  3. (adj) of the most contemptible kind
  4. (adj) of very poor quality or condition
  5. (adj) characterized by physical misery
  6. (adj) contemptibly small in amount


  1. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.
  2. The miserable truth was coming out.
  3. Kerstin, together with her brothers Stefan, now 18, and Felix, 5, had shared their mother's miserable life in the basement and had never seen the daylight.


  1. David Hunter: Previous jobs offer fodder for freelancer

    As a freelance writer, I’ve had some miserable jobs. A couple of the more memorable were hod-carrying — a hod is a three-cornered box with a long handle on it to hand up supplies to a brick mason — and the other was bagging 100 pounds of beans at a time and loading them onto trucks.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Knoxville News Sentinel

  2. How to Tell if a Company Culture Will be a Bad Fit

    If you've ever worked somewhere that made you miserable, you know how important it is to check out the company before accepting a job there. But that's easier said than done - companies don't usually make it easy to peek behind the curtain and see what working there will really be like.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: U.S.News & World Report LP via Yahoo! News

  3. NBA Finals can be memorable, miserable for San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat

    The NBA Finals. Just being here can be memorable — and miserable. And surprise, it's those supposedly stoic Spurs who are having more fun, while the South Beach bunch is a little grumpy and grouchy. The Miami Heat may be on top of the basketball world, but there's no joy unless they stay there. "Playoffs ain't fun, man. I'm sorry to bust anyone on the outside's bubble," Dwyane Wade said. "As a ...
    on June 9, 2013     Source: KSAT San Antonio


  1. "I've never had this happen before; it's pretty painful. I feel really miserable," Armstrong told reporters.
    on Mar 23, 2009 By: Lance Armstrong Source: Independent

  2. "We're talking suicidal thoughts here, we're not talking 'I'm a little bit miserable,'" Rowling said. "Mid-20s life circumstances were poor and I really plummeted. The thing that made me go for help......"
    on Mar 23, 2008 By: JK Rowling Source: Scopical

  3. Dole said, among other things, that "there are miserable creatures" like McClellan in every administration who are spurred on by greed.
    on Sep 3, 2004 By: Bob Dole Source: Los Angeles Times

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