adjective, lous·i·er, lous·i·est.
- mean or contemptible: That was a lousy thing to do.
- wretchedly bad; miserable: a lousy job; I feel lousy.
Origin of lousy
Examples from the Web for lousiness
Pediculosis: a state of lousiness, or the abnormal condition caused by the multiplication of lice on the body: sec phthiriasis.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology|John. B. Smith
Thus, we have Pediculid (the source of lousiness), Philopterid, and Liotheid.Parasites|T. Spencer Cobbold
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.S.O.S. Stand to!|Reginald Grant
adjective lousier or lousiest
- provided with an excessive amount (of)he's lousy with money
- full of or teeming with
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.