mísero
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
(insignificant)
a. paltry
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
Hice el encargo por unos cuantos míseros pesos.I did the job for a few paltry pesos.
b. meager
En la fábrica teníamos salarios míseros y penosas condiciones de trabajo.We had meager salaries and poor working conditions at the factory.
c. miserable
Las cenas consistían en una sopa aguada y dos míseras papas hervidas.Dinners consisted of a thin soup and two miserable boiled potatoes.
d. mingy
El tan cacareado aumento de sueldo resultaron ser unos míseros tres dólares al mes.The much-trumpeted raise turned out to be a mingy three dollars a month.
e. miserly
Ofrecían un salario mísero para ser una multinacional tan grande.They offered a miserly salary for such a big multinational.
2.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
(very poor)
a. wretched
La condesa se sentía avergonzada de habitar aquella mísera morada.The countess was ashamed of living in such a wretched dwelling.
b. miserable
Hordas de gente mísera pululaban por las calles del Londres victoriano.Hords of miserable people swarmed around the streets of Victorian London.
c. squalid
La aldea era un conjunto desordenado de míseras covachas.The village was a disorderly group of squalid hovels.
3.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
(not generous)
a. miserly
Ovidio hace el papel de un mísero prestamista.Ovidio plays the part of a miserly pawnbroker.
b. mean
No sea usted mísero, caballero. Deme aunque sea una moneda.Don't be mean, sir. Give me at least a coin.
c. stingy
En lo que al dinero respecta, los Navarro son gente rica, pero mísera.As far as money is concerned, the Navarros are rich but stingy.
4.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
(unhappy)
a. wretched
El libro describe muy gráficamente la mísera vida de los prisioneros de guerra en los campos de concentración.The book very vividly describes the POW's wretched lives in the concentration camps.
b. miserable
Alfredo se alejó cabizbajo y abatido, como una mísera alma en pena.Alfredo walked away crestfallen and dejected, like a poor miserable soul.
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mísero
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (pobre, desdichado)
a. wretched, miserable
ni un mísero…not even a measly o miserable…
2. (tacaño)
a. mean, stingy
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mísero
adjective
1 (tacaño) mean; stingy; (avaro) miserly
2 [+sueldo] miserable; paltry
3 (vil) vile; despicable
4 [+lugar, habitación] squalid; wretched
5 (desdichado) wretched
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