noun, plural lice [lahys] /laɪs/ for 1–3, lous·es for 4.
verb (used with object), loused, lous·ing.
Origin of louse
Examples from the Web for louse
His spineless duplicity confirms that the good guy is actually pretty much a louse.Bravo’s ‘Online Dating Rituals’ Reveals American Males Are Creepy and Want Sex|Emily Shire|March 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This not only makes you look like a louse, it makes you look like a helpless, bed-wetting man-child.Arnold's Divorce Scandal: 7 Basic Tips for Horny Politicians|Michelle Cottle|May 18, 2011|DAILY BEAST
When Silajdzic raised this, Milosevic said, “I am not a louse,” and yielded immediately.
On the coast of Essex the name "quay-lowders" is given to these crustaceans, "lowder" being apparently an old plural of louse.The British Woodlice|Wilfred Mark Webb
It is peculiar to the louse tribe (Pediculid), and it consists of the tubulet (Tubulus), and siphuncle (Siphunculus).An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. III (of 4)|William Kirby
I wanted to see the louse punished for every second of worry, for Lomax, for Hendrix—even for Grundy.Let'em Breathe Space|Lester del Rey
The louse iz a familiar animal, very sedentary in hiz habits, not apt tew git lost.The Complete Works of Josh Billings|Henry W. Shaw
We asked if any person in the company would favor us with a louse.
British Dictionary definitions for louse
noun plural lice (laɪs)
Word Origin for louse
Word Origin and History for louse
"parasitic insect infecting human hair and skin," Old English lus, from Proto-Germanic *lus (cf. Old Norse lus, Middle Dutch luus, Dutch luis, Old High German lus, German Laus), from PIE *lus- "louse" (cf. Welsh lleuen "louse"). Slang meaning "obnoxious person" is from 1630s. The plural lice (Old English lys) shows effects of i-mutation. The verb meaning "to clear of lice" is from late 14c.; to louse up "ruin, botch" first attested 1934, from the literal sense (of bedding), from 1931.