Learner's definition of MISERABLE
[more miserable; most miserable]
1 a : very unhappy
b : very sick or unwell
He had a miserable childhood.
My boss is making my life thoroughly/utterly miserable with her constant demands and criticism.
He felt lonely and miserable after his divorce.
2 : very severe or unpleasant 3 : very poor in condition or quality 4 always used before a noun : very bad
He did a miserable job making the sign. [=he made the sign very poorly]
The business was a miserable failure.
Their trip turned out to be a miserable experience.
She has a miserable temper.
the miserable state of the economy
5 always used before a noun : deserving to be hated