\ 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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Just as pitiless is the climax of an August 1963 baseball story, running over several days, in which Charlie Brown is pitching for his perennially lousy team in a championship game. Bruce Handy, The Atlantic, "The Peanuts Characters Aren’t Ordinary Kids," 29 Aug. 2019 Nevermind that Musk was careful to note, post-spliff, that marijuana is lousy for productivity, and that nothing, nothing, nothing matters more to Elon Musk than productivity. Devin Gordon, The Atlantic, "I Tried to Live Like Joe Rogan," 19 Aug. 2019 Not that fly-fishing doesn’t have its issues: so louche, so lousy with overtones of boomer doctors and their $3,000 Orvis rods. Chris Erskine, latimes.com, "Fly-casting in the shadow of the Rose Bowl. Of all places, right?," 6 June 2019 Republican nominee Marc Molinaro would no doubt want to mention the corruption that has effloresced on Mr. Cuomo’s watch, the lousy upstate economy, and the decline of New York City’s subways. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "No Debate in New York State," 21 Oct. 2018 Sometimes the scholarship is so focused on history or theory that the object, by necessity, becomes not so much a casual bystander — that happens when the scholarship is lousy — but a launching point or an illustration. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "The American Pavilion in the Venice Biennale: Safe and Sorry," 10 Aug. 2019 The schedules are lousy with competitions, particularly on ABC. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "Week in watching: ‘Good Place’ ending in a good place, crime with a Boston accent, the games people play," 9 June 2019 The Twins won’t forget what Smeltzer did for them on an otherwise lousy night at Target Field as the Twins lost the rubber match in a set between American League division leaders, 10-7. John Shipley, Twin Cities, "Twins get bullpen help but damage already done in 10-7 loss to Yankees," 24 July 2019 In a stadium lousy with scouts, trade speculation and scoreboard watchers, Ketel Marte just keeps hitting. Greg Moore, azcentral, "Ketel Marte's torrid July for Diamondbacks stands out from scoreboard watching, trade speculation," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of lousy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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