\ 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 lousy (audio) \ adverb
lousiness \ ˈlau̇-​zē-​nəs How to pronounce lousy (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 But by another important measure—return on equity (ROE)—last year was pretty lousy. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Goldman lays out its top stocks to watch for the great opening trade," 30 Mar. 2021 But my favorite Rangers story is when a sheriff of a town lousy with a mob of outlaws telegraphed the Rangers and was told help was coming on the next train. Ryan Craig, Forbes, "Avoiding Infrastructure Weak: How To Build The Bridges That Matter Most," 16 Apr. 2021 There are a lot of really lousy investments that are floating around that are extraordinarily popular. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "What the savviest short-seller has in his sights next," 15 Apr. 2021 The Warriors won, but Curry had a lousy shooting night, thereby decreasing his chances of ever catching Kerr. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Kerr helped blaze trail for Curry, now admires and enables NBA's greatest 3-point shooter," 10 Apr. 2021 That’s a lousy trait in a doctor and a game-show host. BostonGlobe.com, "Aaron Rodgers might not be a star guest host on ‘Jeopardy!’, but he’s a good backup," 10 Apr. 2021 That stands in contrast with athletes’ history of being roped into lousy investments. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Sports Stars Think They Got Game in SPAC Arena," 5 Apr. 2021 Cow Common Conservation Area — which is basically just a field in Wayland that’s left unmowed during nesting season — is lousy with them in mid-May. BostonGlobe.com, "When bird is the word," 1 Apr. 2021 Shoot video in 4K Remember how lousy smartphone videos used to be? Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "5 ways to take better photos and videos with your phone," 28 Mar. 2021

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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/lousy. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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