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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.