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louse

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noun \ˈlau̇s\

Simple Definition of louse

  • : a type of small insect that lives on the bodies of people or animals

  • : a bad or cruel person

Full Definition of louse

  1. 1 plural lice play \ˈlīs\ a :  any of various small wingless usually flattened insects (orders Anoplura and Mallophaga) parasitic on warm-blooded animals b :  a small usually sluggish arthropod (as a biting louse) that lives on other animals or on plants and sucks their blood or juices c :  any of several small arthropods (as a book louse) that are not parasitic

  2. 2 plural lous·es play \ˈlau̇-səz\ :  a contemptible person :  heel

Examples of louse

  1. a problem with head lice

  2. Her ex-husband is a real louse.



Origin of louse

Middle English lous, from Old English lūs; akin to Old High German lūs louse, Welsh llau lice


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Invertebrates (Except Insects) Terms


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louse

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verb \ˈlau̇s, ˈlau̇z\

Definition of louse

lousedlous·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to remove lice from



14th Century

First Known Use of louse

14th century

Other Insect Terms


Medical Dictionary

louse

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noun \ˈlau̇s\

Medical Definition of louse

plural lice \ˈlīs\play

  1. :  any of the small wingless usually flattened insects that are parasitic on warm-blooded animals and constitute the orders Anoplura and Mallophaga





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