lousy

adjective \ ˈlau̇-zē \
Updated on: 30 Nov 2017

Definition of lousy

lousier; lousiest
1 : infested (see infest 2) with lice
  • the ragged, lousy tribesmen
  • —T. E. Lawrence
2 a : totally repulsive (see repulsive 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

lousily

play \ˈlau̇-zə-lē\ adverb

lousiness

play \ˈlau̇-zē-nəs\ noun

Examples of lousy in a Sentence

  1. She got lousy grades in high school.

  2. I like the work, but the pay is lousy.

  3. He was a lousy husband.

  4. They did a lousy job.

  5. He drank too much and felt lousy the next morning.

  6. It's a lousy, rainy day.

  7. That's a lousy way to treat a friend.

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First Known Use of lousy

14th century



LOUSY Defined for English Language Learners

lousy

adjective

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

lousy

adjective \ ˈlau̇-zē \

Definition of lousy for Students

lousier; lousiest
1 : bad 1
  • I had a lousy time.
2 : deserving disgust or contempt
  • That lousy liar!

Medical Dictionary

lousy

adjective \ ˈlau̇-zē \

medical Definition of lousy

lousier; lousiest
: infested with lice


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