SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN | IDIOMS adjective, lous·i·er, lous·i·est. infested with lice. . Informal mean or contemptible: That was a lousy thing to do. wretchedly bad; miserable: a lousy job; I feel lousy. Idioms 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
is from the
-y 1 Related forms lous·i·ly, adverb lous·i·ness, noun
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Thus, we have Pediculid (the source of
lousiness), Philopterid, and Liotheid.
I had not known a bath during all the time I was on the Somme and
lousiness was part and parcel of my make-up.
Pediculosis: a state of
lousiness, or the abnormal condition caused by the multiplication of lice on the body: sec phthiriasis. British Dictionary definitions for lousiness adjective lousier or 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 provided with an excessive amount (of) he's lousy with money full of or teeming with Derived Forms lousily, adverb lousiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lousiness adj.
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.
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