\ ˈlau̇-zē How to pronounce lousy (audio) \
lousier; lousiest

Definition of lousy

1 : infested (see infest sense 2) with lice the ragged, lousy tribesmen— T. E. Lawrence
2a : totally repulsive (see repulsive sense 3) : contemptible a lousy way of getting even
b : miserably poor or inferior got lousy grades
c : somewhat ill felt lousy after dinner
d : amply supplied : replete lousy with money
3 of silk : fuzzy and specked because of splitting of the fiber

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Other Words from lousy

lousily \ ˈlau̇-​zə-​lē How to pronounce lousily (audio) \ adverb
lousiness \ ˈlau̇-​zē-​nəs How to pronounce lousiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of lousy in a Sentence

She got lousy grades in high school. I like the work, but the pay is lousy. He was a lousy husband. They did a lousy job. He drank too much and felt lousy the next morning. It's a lousy, rainy day. That's a lousy way to treat a friend.
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Recent Examples on the Web The team gets the lousy timing award for raising ticket prices for the second consecutive season. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "What are Cleveland Browns thinking about Odell Beckham? How about ticket prices?," 9 Feb. 2020 Among the cancer staff, there is special affection for the jocular sufferer, the one who makes light of lousy bowel movements and extols the spiritual tonic of neuropathy. Christian Wiman, Harper's magazine, "The Cancer Chair," 20 Jan. 2020 The 49ers will play in their fifth since then, and remember that San Francisco endured a considerable spell of lousy football in that stretch. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, "Does the 49ers’ win suggest the Cowboys’ team-building method doesn’t work?," 17 Jan. 2020 As Putin’s longserving adviser Gleb Pavlovsky once told me, Putin is a shrewd tactician and a lousy strategist. Simon Shuster, Time, "'A Bloodless Revolution.' Putin’s Plan to Rewrite Russia’s Constitution Could Allow Him to Lead for Years to Come," 15 Jan. 2020 More: New retirement rules could help boost your savings: 5 things to know Overall using an IRA as an estate plan soon becomes a lousy idea, Slott said. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Some retirees feeling less secure about tax rule changes in Secure Act," 15 Jan. 2020 My blindfold test shows that when the panache is stripped away, and you're faced with the pure numbers and hurdles, all of you judge that Tesla as a nameless, robo-stock is a lousy buy. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "In a blindfold test, what would investors think of Tesla?," 14 Jan. 2020 Not on defense, which held a record-setting Iowa State team to three lousy field goals. Tom Noie, Indianapolis Star, "Noie: This was Notre Dame at its collective best one final time in 2019," 28 Dec. 2019 Its nickname, breakbone fever, gives you a sense of how lousy dengue makes people feel. Helen Branswell, STAT, "3 challenges to watch in global health in 2020," 26 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of lousy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Lousy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lousily. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce lousy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of lousy

: bad or poor : of poor quality : not good or skillful
: not well or healthy
: not happy or pleased


\ ˈlau̇-zē How to pronounce lousy (audio) \
lousier; lousiest

Kids Definition of lousy

1 : bad sense 1 I had a lousy time.
2 : deserving disgust or contempt That lousy liar!


\ ˈlau̇-zē How to pronounce lousy (audio) \
lousier; lousiest

Medical Definition of lousy

: infested with lice

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