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[lou-zee] /ˈlaʊ zi/
adjective, lousier, lousiest.
infested with lice.
  1. mean or contemptible:
    That was a lousy thing to do.
  2. wretchedly bad; miserable:
    a lousy job; I feel lousy.
lousy with, Slang. well supplied with or filled with, often to excess: Our city is lousy with bad drivers.
I wish I were lousy with money like my boss.
Origin of lousy
First recorded in 1350-1400, lousy is from the Middle English word lousi. See louse, -y1
Related forms
lousily, adverb
lousiness, noun
2a. shabby, nasty, crummy. Unabridged
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  • Was that lousy Bourguignon going to stop them from having a drink?

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Let them learn thus the price of mutiny in their lousy ranks.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • "Hah, now you're being suspicious," I said, lousy with virtue.

    Sorry: Wrong Dimension Ross Rocklynne
  • "It's a lousy thing to do," cried Donnelly as he snapped off the set.

    Rescue Squad Thomas J. O'Hara
  • A lousy little piece of tin and glass is going to solve all the crimes.

    Watchbird Robert Sheckley
British Dictionary definitions for lousy


adjective lousier, lousiest
(slang) very mean or unpleasant: a lousy thing to do
(slang) inferior or bad: this is a lousy film
infested with lice
(foll by with) (slang)
  1. provided with an excessive amount (of): he's lousy with money
  2. full of or teeming with
Derived Forms
lousily, adverb
lousiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lousy

mid-14c., lousi, "infested with lice," from louse + -y (2). Figurative use as a generic adjective of abuse dates from late 14c.; sense of "swarming with" (money, etc.) is American English slang from 1843. Related: Lousiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for lousy



Bad; nasty; crummy: Crab was all she ever did. What a lousy sport/ Yuh lousy boob (1690+)


: I did pretty lousy on that test

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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