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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Midterms always see a drop from the previous presidential year vote, but 2014 was a particularly lousy turnout year, with the 83 million accounting for about 36 percent of the eligible voting population. Bill Barrow, The Seattle Times, "Early returns: Excited bases for Democrats and Republicans," 26 Oct. 2018 For a lot of people, having some fuel in the tank before exercising can mean the difference between a productive workout and a lousy one (or even passing out during a deadlift, which, yes, actually happens). Casey Johnston, SELF, "Ask a Swole Woman: Are Fasted Workouts Safe?," 4 Oct. 2018 Teachers across the country have been told, year after year, to do more with less, swallow the lousy wages and cuts to services and per-student spending. Heidi Stevens, chicagotribune.com, "Op-ed telling liberals to pipe down fails to consider power of #MeToo," 14 May 2018 General manager Jon Daniels acknowledges that the record is lousy and that some players underperformed. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Youngsters keep composure after ninth-inning collapse | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 1 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of lousy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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