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 lousy
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.‘The Hunger Games’ Stars Silent on Thai Protesters|Asawin Suebsaeng|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
Come one, come all—all you moth-eaten, lousy stiffs from Stiffville.American Sketches|Charles Whibley
Lousy stock cannot grow fat for the nourishment given is absorbed by the lice.
Long as you're lousy with money, and making pretty flights, you're all right.Skyrider|B. M. Bower
I can still see dem soldiers of ours coming across Broad River, all dirty, filthy, and lousy.Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves|Work Projects Administration
I wonder, said Epistemon to Panurge, what pleasure you can find in talking thus with this lousy tatterdemalion of a monk.Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete.|Francois Rabelais
British Dictionary definitions for lousy
adjective lousier or lousiest
- provided with an excessive amount (of)he's lousy with money
- full of or teeming with
Word Origin and History for lousy
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.