1. [ adjective ] very unhappy; full of misery
Synonyms: suffering wretched

"he felt depressed and miserable" "a message of hope for suffering humanity" "wretched prisoners huddled in stinking cages"

Related terms: unhappy
2. [ adjective ] deserving or inciting pity
Synonyms: poor piteous hapless pathetic wretched pitiable pitiful misfortunate

"a hapless victim" "miserable victims of war" "piteous appeals for help" "pitiable homeless children" "a pitiful fate" "couldn't rescue the poor fellow" "his poor distorted limbs" "a wretched life"

Related terms: unfortunate
3. [ adjective ] of the most contemptible kind
Synonyms: low abject low-down scurvy scummy

"abject cowardice" "a low stunt to pull" "a low-down sneak" "his miserable treatment of his family" "You miserable skunk!" "a scummy rabble" "a scurvy trick"

Related terms: contemptible
4. [ adjective ] characterized by physical misery
Synonyms: wretched

"a wet miserable weekend" "spent a wretched night on the floor"

Related terms: uncomfortable
5. [ adjective ] of very poor quality or condition
Synonyms: wretched execrable woeful deplorable

"deplorable housing conditions in the inner city" "woeful treatment of the accused" "woeful errors of judgment"

Related terms: inferior
6. [ adjective ] contemptibly small in amount
Synonyms: paltry measly

"a measly tip" "the company donated a miserable $100 for flood relief" "a paltry wage" "almost depleted his miserable store of dried beans"

Related terms: meager
Similar spelling:   miserably