adjective, lous·i·er, lous·i·est.
infested with lice.
- mean or contemptible: That was a lousy thing to do.
- wretchedly bad; miserable: a lousy job; I feel lousy.
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plentiful, great, big, large, diverse, various, heavy, generous, ample, sufficient, bountiful, copious, rich, productive, fertile, prolific, unlimited, full, teeming, cramped
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
Synonyms for lousy
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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
- provided with an excessive amount (of)he's lousy with money
- full of or teeming with
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Abundantly supplied, as in He's lousy with money. Like louse up, this expression alludes to being infested with lice. [First half of 1800s]
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