\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web The entire point of the panicked scramble to endorse a clearly lousy candidate before Super Tuesday was to keep Sanders from winning. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "The angst over Joe Biden's assault allegation has an easy resolution," 2 May 2020 Once the camera is all set up, make sure to check out some lighting tips for looking your best, because no amount of fancy gear will save you from lousy illumination. Popular Science, "How to convert your DSLR camera into a webcam for free," 30 Apr. 2020 But beware: yesterday's rally faltered on lousy corporate results and gloomy coronavirus data. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "America’s growth streak is set to end. Nobody told traders," 29 Apr. 2020 And aerodynamically inefficient flat and round nose bullets do a lousy job of this. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "2 Tricks to Make Your .30/30 More Effective Beyond 150 Yards," 29 Apr. 2020 Really lousy soil will also cause the plant’s water movement and use to be the problem. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "How to manage mildew and other problems in your vegetable garden," 22 Apr. 2020 In 1960 the Stones moved to New Orleans for a year of lousy jobs and bohemian poverty. George Packer, The Atlantic, "A Novelist’s Ambition to Define America," 18 Apr. 2020 Having a doctor etch viral antigen into a person’s skin is cumbersome, not to mention a lousy way to combat a pandemic. Andrew Zaleski, Popular Mechanics, "So When Will a COVID-19 Vaccine Be Available?," 29 Apr. 2020 Case in point, Joe Cain Day: Rain drenched both the 2019 and 2018 editions, and estimated attendance was lousy. al, "Mardi Gras attendance down, but weather looks ‘favorable’ for a strong finish," 18 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of lousy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Lousy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lousy. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce lousy (audio)

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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