mis·er·a·ble / ˈmiz(ə)rəbəl/ • adj. 1. (of a person) wretchedly unhappy or uncomfortable: their happiness made Anne feel even more miserable. ∎ (of a situation or environment) causing someone to feel wretchedly unhappy or uncomfortable: horribly wet and miserable conditions. ∎ (of a person) habitually morose: a miserable man in his late sixties.2. pitiably small or inadequate: all they pay me is a miserable $10,000 a year. ∎ contemptible (used as a term of abuse or for emphasis): you miserable old creep!DERIVATIVES: mis·er·a·ble·ness n.mis·er·a·bly / -blē/ adv.