\ ˈlau̇-zē How to pronounce lousy (audio) \
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 How to pronounce lousily (audio) \ adverb
lousiness \ ˈlau̇-​zē-​nəs How to pronounce lousiness (audio) \ 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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Dolan has run the Knicks for two decades—two decades of lousy basketball, horrible management, petty feuds, asinine vendettas and blaming anybody who blames him. Michael Rosenberg, SI.com, "All Cap Space, No Substance: Knicks Think They’re Something, but They’re Nothing," 1 July 2019 Investors resigned to the sector’s lousy prospects who like the deal will have to be patient, though—AbbVie shares won’t likely rebound any time soon. Charley Grant, WSJ, "AbbVie and Big Pharma: No Miracle Cures," 25 June 2019 That’s completely rooted in the Pac-12′s lousy TV deal and lack of revenue. oregonlive.com, "Canzano: Were the Oregon Ducks dumb to sign on to play Auburn in football opener?," 19 June 2019 Most teams wouldn’t be able to survive the frustrations and lousy breaks that have gone against them and still have so much to look forward to. Chad Finn, BostonGlobe.com, "Even without Anthony Davis, Celtics are still in a decent place," 17 June 2019 And that’s been the lopsided tone, and lousy proportional pay standard, ever since. Sally Jenkins, Houston Chronicle, "U.S. women’s soccer team is an American treasure. Pay them.," 12 June 2019 It can be sued for choosing lousy investments or charging high fees. Kathleen Pender, SFChronicle.com, "California, feds want to narrow retirement gap. They can’t agree on how," 8 June 2019 The South division is a wide-open mess, which is good for the Buffs but lousy for the brand. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "How CU Buffs coach Mel Tucker would fix what ails the Pac-12," 7 June 2019 The team was lousy in his second year and playoff bound in 2008 before four losses in five games to close the season, with Brett Favre’s shoulder ailing down the stretch. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: Wiser for his experiences, Hartford native Eric Mangini deserves another shot at coaching an NFL team," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of lousy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of lousy

: bad or poor : of poor quality : not good or skillful
: not well or healthy
: not happy or pleased


\ ˈlau̇-zē How to pronounce lousy (audio) \
lousier; lousiest

Kids Definition of lousy

1 : bad sense 1 I had a lousy time.
2 : deserving disgust or contempt That lousy liar!


\ ˈlau̇-zē How to pronounce lousy (audio) \
lousier; lousiest

Medical Definition of lousy

: infested with lice

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