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
British Dictionary definitions for lousy with
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 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.
Idioms and Phrases with lousy with
Abundantly supplied, as in He's lousy with money. Like louse up, this expression alludes to being infested with lice. [First half of 1800s]