Definition of lousy
- got lousy grades
- felt lousy after dinner
- lousy with money
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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bad, bush, bush-league, crummy (also crumby), deficient, dissatisfactory, ill, inferior, lame, off, paltry, poor, punk, sour, subpar, substandard, unacceptable, unsatisfactory, wanting, wretched, wrong;
A1, bang-up, banner, capital, choice, crackerjack, dandy, divine, excellent, exceptional, fabulous, fine, first-class, first-rate, grand, great, heavenly, high-test, jim-dandy, keen, marvelous (or marvellous), mean, neat, nifty, noble, par excellence, perfect, premium, prime, sensational, slick, splendid, stellar, sterling, superb, superior, superlative, supernal, swell, terrific, tip-top, top, top-notch, unsurpassed, wonderful;
below par (or under);
: bad or poor : of poor quality : not good or skillful
: not well or healthy
: not happy or pleased
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