Definition of lousy
2a : totally repulsive (see repulsive 3) : contemptible a lousy way of getting evenb : miserably poor or inferior got lousy gradesc : somewhat ill felt lousy after dinnerd : amply supplied : replete lousy with money
3 of silk : fuzzy and specked because of splitting of the fiber
lousilyplay \ˈlau̇-zə-lē\ adverb
lousinessplay \ˈlau̇-zē-nəs\ 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.
Recent Examples of lousy from the Web
Buying South African mining stocks as a way to invest in PGMs has proved a lousy investment in the past six years, with a gauge of share prices plunging 73 percent as the industry battles low platinum prices and rising costs.
When the second half begins Friday, the Cubs will be at Camden Yards to face the Orioles, who also struggled in the first half with a 42-46 record and lousy starting pitching.
Ken Griffey Jr. – perhaps the last breakout baseball persona – used to complain all the time that baseball did a lousy job of marketing its sport.
Through all the losing, through all the roster turmoil, through the injuries and minutes restrictions, through the sometimes lousy communication between the franchise and the fans, Brett Brown has stood there and stood up straight.
Mars is a lousy place to try to live—what with the paralyzing cold, the blistering radiation and the thin carbon dioxide atmosphere.
Every NBA team, even the lousy ones, has similar guys.
That this case didn't end with such a lousy and always unproductive resolution underscores the stakes for mainstream media outlets reporting on the Trump administration.
And the exchange happened at a meeting about the company's lousy culture.
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First Known Use of lousy
LOUSY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lousy for English Language Learners
: bad or poor : of poor quality : not good or skillful
: not well or healthy
: not happy or pleased
LOUSY Defined for Kids
Medical Definition of lousy
: infested with lice
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