Miserable vs Miseryguts - What's the difference?

miserable | miseryguts |

As nouns the difference between miserable and miseryguts

is that miserable is wretch, scoundrel while miseryguts is (colloquial) a miserable, negative person.

As an adjective miserable

is destitute, impoverished.




  • In a state of misery: very sad, ill, or poor.
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  • *:Thanks to that penny he had just spent so recklessly [on a newspaper] he would pass a happy hour, taken, for once, out of his anxious, despondent, miserable self. It irritated him shrewdly to know that these moments of respite from carking care would not be shared with his poor wife, with careworn, troubled Ellen.
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  • * (George Bernard Shaw) (1856–1950)
  • *:The secret of being miserable is to have the leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure is occupation.
  • Very bad (at something); unskilled, incompetent.
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  • Wretched; worthless; mean.
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  • (lb) Causing unhappiness or misery.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:What's more miserable than discontent?
  • (lb) Avaricious; niggardly; miserly.
  • :(Hooker)
  • Usage notes

    * Nouns to which "miserable" is often applied: life, condition, state, situation, day, time, creature, person, child, failure, place, world, season, year, week, experience, feeling, work, town, city, wage, job, case, excuse, dog.


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    Derived terms

    * miserablism * miserabilism * miserablist * miserabilist




  • (colloquial) A miserable, negative person.
  • * 2004 , Ed Murfin, Sabbatical
  • He was regarded standoffish or withdrawn or even as a miseryguts .
  • * 2005 , Jeffrey Miller, Murder's Out of Tune
  • You know, Jers, you've become one incredible miseryguts . A grumpy old granny. I mean, I'm offering you a hand, here.
  • * 2007 , Rob Steen, Sports journalism: a multimedia primer
  • At the end of the decade, the Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, better known as an accomplished miseryguts , captured the zeitgeist more perceptively than most...