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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ I'm such a lousy cook that I usually eat out.
▪ I feel lousy.
▪ I was lousy at biology in school.
▪ As luck would have it, I was a lousy engineer.
▪ Feeling small and lousy, not knowing what to do; fit for nothing, not even to stick out your hand.
▪ Hopewell got a lousy credit rating, which meant investors wanted a higher interest rate.
▪ It was a cold lousy day and drizzling by evening.
▪ The donuts turned out to be lousy.
▪ This country is lousy with them.
▪ You know, back then, I worked every lousy job in town, you name it.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Lousy \Lous"y\, a.

  1. Infested with lice.

  2. Mean; contemptible; as, lousy knave. [informal]

    Such lousy learning as this is.

  3. Very bad; as, to feel lousy; to do a lousy job.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


a. 1 Remarkably bad; of poor quality, dirty, or underhanded; mean, contemptible. 2 Infested with lice. 3 (context colloquial English) Filled or packed with something.

  1. adj. very bad; "a lousy play"; "it's a stinking world" [syn: icky, crappy, rotten, shitty, stinking, stinky]

  2. infested with lice; "burned their lousy clothes"

  3. vile; despicable; "a dirty (or lousy) trick"; "a filthy traitor" [syn: dirty, filthy]

  4. [also: lousiest, lousier]

Usage examples of "lousy".

Normers verified his theory of gravimagnetic rotations, and it turned out, in addition, that on planets of type C Meoli there can exist not tri- but tetraploids of silicon, and on that moon where Arder nearly did himself in there is nothing but lousy lava and bubbles the size of skyscrapers.

It seemed you could not only not bugle but you could not even write a stinking lousy blues, about the Army.

Phil Dobe shoved back his chair and said he was heading toward his lousy sheet.

Nothing to be worried about, although the presence of vrasti marked Elren as a lousy housekeeper.

I have instructed Will Gates to prepare a head bath of vinegar and guaiacum, a remedy I patented myself while at Cambridge and for which my fellow students, unwashed and lousy as they were, came eventually to thank me.

While he waited, he spent each day shuffling rhythmically around the entrance of the operations tent, making boisterous wisecracks to everybody who came by and jocosely calling Sergeant Towser a lousy son of a bitch every time Sergeant Towser popped out of the orderly room.

And what do we say in return, back to them, we say, No dice, dirty spicks, lousy kikes, Puerto bastards, black men that want to steal our pure heritage!

What was this Pirn fellow, a lousy low-rank thief, doing with a gold Guild token?

I just wish I knew how that so-called psychometric, that lousy louse of a cheap fortuneteller, got assigned to the Project to begin with.

The older barber started to razz his brother, and the younger barber said he hated playing with bad players because their lousy skills rubbed off.

A couple of days ago he came to me with a story about his Uncle Timothy, a miserly old skinflint, lousy with money and pretty well broken up by hard living.

Nobody stopped work to listen, though, because Onofre had always been a lousy piano player, even with two hands, and he still tunked out basically atonal numbers.

One big lousy government appointee with his hand in the till never let my initial suspicions reach the rest of the commission.

In the evening they all trooped exuberantly out to see a lousy Hollywood extravaganza in Technicolor, and when they trooped exuberantly back in after the lousy Hollywood extravaganza, the soldier in white was there, and Dunbar screamed and went to pieces.

Well, if he wanted to see them he could by god pay for seeing them, like everybody else, and Prew bet twenty-five, figuring to milk the last drop out of him, figuring he had this one cinched, figuring The Warden for 336 his lousy pair to brace his kings.