lousy

adjective
\ˈlau̇-zē \
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 \ adverb
lousiness \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.
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One thing the unions have been lousy at is public relations. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Are the teachers unions really as powerful as all that?," 27 June 2018 Her presence at the podium proved that was lousy advice. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Tony Awards honor Chicago's David Cromer and Laurie Metcalf," 10 June 2018 Rumble Ponies general manager John Bayne said attendance is only slightly up over the same period last season because the weather has been lousy. Matthew Gutierrez, Fox News, "Tim Tebow plugs away in minors, hoping for a shot at the big leagues," 23 May 2018 While the numbers have been lousy for Robinson, manager Jeff Banister said that Robinson is slowing trending upward. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Here's the reason Willie Calhoun isn't on the Rangers' roster. It's not what many think | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 1 May 2018 The only similarity is that each will begin their lives as pros on lousy teams. Don Markus, baltimoresun.com, "Former Terps Huerter and Jackson will start their NBA careers with rebuilding teams," 22 June 2018 Texas Democrats have historically been lousy at taking advantage of the changing demographics. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "This Democratic primary race is a test of whether unapologetic progressivism can win in Texas," 21 May 2018 Many of the symptoms, such as feeling lousy, are vague and could have many causes, said Molander, a doctor with Mills Peninsula Emergency Medicine Associates in Burlingame, Calif. Karen Weintraub, STAT, "Sepsis is the third leading cause of death. Can a new blood test change that?," 3 July 2018 Neither Argento nor Clément has turned their Instagram private at the time of writing, and both are lousy with comments blaming the two of them—and mostly Argento—for Bourdain’s death. Vanities, "Rose McGowan Defends “Pillar of Strength” Asia Argento in Open Letter," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of lousy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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lousy with

lout

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Phrases Related to lousy

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The first known use of lousy was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for lousy

lousy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of lousy

: bad or poor : of poor quality : not good or skillful

: not well or healthy

: not happy or pleased

lousy

adjective
\ˈlau̇-zē \
lousier; lousiest

Kids Definition of lousy

1 : bad sense 1 I had a lousy time.

2 : deserving disgust or contempt That lousy liar!

lousy

adjective
\ˈlau̇-zē \
lousier; lousiest

Medical Definition of lousy 

: infested with lice

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