lous|y [ `lauzi ] adjective INFORMAL
1. ) bad or unpleasant:
I'm a lousy singer.
lousy weather
a ) used about an unpleasant or dishonest person:
You lousy cheat!
b ) used for emphasis:
I haven't heard from him for weeks, not even one lousy phone call.
2. ) lousy with AMERICAN to be full of something or have too much of something, especially something unpleasant

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Lousy — Lous y, a. 1. Infested with lice. [1913 Webster] 2. Mean; contemptible; as, lousy knave. [informal] [1913 Webster] Such lousy learning as this is. Bale. 3. Very bad; as, to feel lousy; to do a lousy job. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lousy — ► ADJECTIVE (lousier, lousiest) 1) informal very poor or bad. 2) infested with lice. 3) (lousy with) informal teeming with (something undesirable). DERIVATIVES lousily adverb lousiness …   English terms dictionary

  • lousy — mid 14c., lousi, infested with lice, from LOUSE (Cf. louse) + Y (Cf. y) (2). Figurative use as a generic adjective of abuse dates from late 14c.; sense of swarming with (money, etc.) is Amer.Eng. slang from 1843. Related: Lousiness …   Etymology dictionary

  • lousy — [adj] very bad awful, base, contemptible, despicable, dirty, disliked, execrable, faulty, harmful, hateful, horrible, inferior, low, mean, miserable, no good*, outrageous, poor, rotten, second rate*, shoddy, slovenly, terrible, unpopular,… …   New thesaurus

  • lousy — [lou′zē] adj. lousier, lousiest 1. infested with lice 2. covered with specks: said of silk 3. Slang dirty, disgusting, or contemptible ☆ 4. Slang poor; inferior: a generalized epithet of disapproval ☆ 5. Slang well supplied or oversupplied (… …   English World dictionary

  • lousy — lou|sy [ˈlauzi] adj comparative lousier superlative lousiest 1.) especially spoken of very bad quality = ↑awful, terrible ↑terrible ▪ What lousy weather! ▪ The food was lousy. ▪ a lousy film 2.) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lousy — [[t]la͟ʊzi[/t]] lousier, lousiest 1) ADJ GRADED If you describe something as lousy, you mean that it is of very bad quality or that you do not like it. [INFORMAL] He blamed Fiona for a lousy weekend... At Billy s Cafe, the menu is limited and the …   English dictionary

  • lousy — adjective lousier, lousiest 1 especially spoken very bad, unpleasant etc: What lousy weather! | I feel lousy. 2 spoken small, useless, or unimportant: Harry wouldn t lend me ten lousy quid! 3 lousy with sth AmE spoken a) a place that is lousy… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • lousy — /ˈlaʊzi / (say lowzee) adjective (lousier, lousiest) 1. infested with lice. 2. Colloquial infested with other vermin or dangerous animals: the bay is lousy with sharks. 3. Originally US, Colloquial well supplied: he s lousy with money; the area… …   Australian English dictionary

  • lousy — adj. (slang) lousy to + inf. (it s lousy to be without work = it s lousy being without work) * * * [ laʊzɪ] (slang) lousy to + inf. (it s lousy to be without work = it s lousy being without work) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • lousy — UK [ˈlaʊzɪ] / US adjective Word forms lousy : adjective lousy comparative lousier superlative lousiest informal 1) bad, or unpleasant I m a lousy singer. lousy weather a) used about an unpleasant or dishonest person You lousy cheat! b) used for… …   English dictionary

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