\ 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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President Trump needs to know that Russia is guilty of wasting a whole nation, making 9/11 possible and giving us this present, lousy war. WSJ, "Trump’s Curious Version of Afghan History," 17 Jan. 2019 Stores like Urban Outfitters are lousy with crystals and candles. Harper's BAZAAR, "The Modern Woman Is Embracing Her Inner Witch," 12 Nov. 2018 The 34-year-old New Yorker said that she is struck by how lousy most people are at just watching and listening, the key to good writing and good poker. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, "Researching Your Book? Hit the Casino," 5 Nov. 2018 The Royals were lousy and Sporting KC, then the Wizards, was in its infancy. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "Change in the KC airwaves as Danny Clinkscale's run at WHB ends Friday | The Kansas City Star," 10 May 2018 Among the woes: delays, cancellations, high fares and lousy food. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "The Best of the Biggest U.S. Airports," 14 Nov. 2018 And if the White House does a lousy job with Florence, journalists should aggressively report that. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Media batter Trump with storm criticism as Hurricane Florence looms," 13 Sep. 2018 Despite the advantages of 401 (k)s, most of us are lousy at saving, either due to circumstance or desire. Susan Moeller, BostonGlobe.com, "Stop giving so much money to your kids, and 8 more ways to afford retirement," 5 June 2018 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

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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 \
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 \
lousier; lousiest

Medical Definition of lousy

: infested with lice

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