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[ lou-zee ]


, lous·i·er, lous·i·est.
  1. infested with lice.
  2. Informal.
    1. mean or contemptible:

      That was a lousy thing to do.

    2. wretchedly bad; miserable:

      a lousy job; I feel lousy.


/ ˈlaʊzɪ /


  1. slang.
    very mean or unpleasant

    a lousy thing to do

  2. slang.
    inferior or bad

    this is a lousy film

  3. infested with lice
  4. slang.
    foll by with
    1. provided with an excessive amount (of)

      he's lousy with money

    2. full of or teeming with

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Derived Forms

  • ˈlousiness, noun
  • ˈlousily, adverb

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Other Words From

  • lousi·ly adverb
  • lousi·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of lousy1

First recorded in 1350–1400, lousy is from the Middle English word lousi. See louse, -y 1

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. 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.

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Example Sentences

Late in the regular season, against three lousy defenses, he padded stats and started connecting on deep balls.

YouTube is lousy with Christmas and winter soundscapes, which I turn to every year, because California Christmas will always be just a touch disappointing to a Midwestern girl raised on drifting snow.

From Vox

For all these reasons, it would be misguided to treat lousy lying as a “cognitive failure”, as it clearly serves several social functions.

Challenger banks—some call them digital banks or neobanks—took off several years ago by exploiting customer frustration with the abusive fees and lousy mobile experience offered by incumbents.

From Fortune

One obvious factor shaking their faith is that growth has been lousy for decades.

Their intentions may be good, but their execution and insight are lousy.

Thailand has had a lousy track record with functioning democracy for many decades.

Peter Shumlin has been doing a lousy job and voters turned against him, even though he outspent his opponent five to one.

Not surprisingly, some around Barry Goldwater thought it was a lousy idea.

The Getaway Car is lousy with these throwaway lines and asides.

Frey's a private dick—a lousy one, reckless and careless, but still he's a dick and your story didn't go.

Got more loyalty to a lousy machine than to the whole human race.

Come one, come all—all you moth-eaten, lousy stiffs from Stiffville.

Several kinds of beetles are subject to lice, but particularly that kind called by way of eminence the lousy beetle.

And such a lousy, brawling lot of convicts I had never clapped eyes upon.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.




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