lousy

[ lou-zee ]
/ ˈlaʊ zi /
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adjective, lous·i·er, lous·i·est.

infested with lice.
Informal.
  1. mean or contemptible: That was a lousy thing to do.
  2. wretchedly bad; miserable: a lousy job; I feel lousy.

Nearby words

  1. loury,
  2. louse,
  3. louse up,
  4. louser,
  5. lousewort,
  6. lousy with,
  7. lout,
  8. louth,
  9. loutish,
  10. loutishly

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 1350–1400, lousy is from the Middle English word lousi. See louse, -y1

Related formslous·i·ly, adverblous·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for lousy

lousy

/ (ˈlaʊzɪ) /

adjective lousier or lousiest

slang very mean or unpleasanta lousy thing to do
slang inferior or badthis 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 Formslousily, adverblousiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for lousy

lousy

adj.

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.

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