Definition of lousy in English:

lousy

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Pronunciation: /ˈlaʊzi
 
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adjective (lousier, lousiest)

1 informal Very poor or bad: the service is usually lousy lousy weather
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  • Thus, the fight to improve lousy schools so that poor, bright children stand a better chance of getting to good universities on merit is utterly undermined.
  • As usual, it's overwhelmingly the rich who get the pleasure while the poor put up with lousy services and fares which have rocketed since deregulation.
  • Initially, customers groused about a grinding gear shift, poor air-conditioning, and lousy tires.
Synonyms
awful, terrible, appalling, abysmal, very bad, atrocious, desperate, unspeakable, frightful, miserable;
poor, incompetent, inadequate, unsatisfactory, inferior, not up to scratch, careless, second-rate, shoddy, slovenly
informal rotten, pathetic, useless, hopeless
British informal duff, poxy, rubbish, pants, a load of pants
1.1Used to express anger, contempt, or annoyance: you lousy creeps
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  • If we want to discourage violence and aggression in our country, we need to look at its causes and I doubt that all this anger stemmed from a few lousy films!
  • Of course, after that incident, she seemed less than inclined to go see those lousy, no-good idiots anyway.
  • You enjoy seeing me suffer, don't you, you no-good, lousy harpy of a nurse?
Synonyms
despicable, contemptible, dirty, low, mean, base, low-down, hateful, detestable, loathsome, vile, wicked, vicious
informal rotten, no-good
1.2 [predicative] Unwell: she felt lousy
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  • I came down with a cold the day Max and I flew out of Seattle, and I was very cranky to think that I was going to be sick and feeling lousy all weekend.
  • I was feeling lousy and sick and rowed as badly as I had at the beginning of the week.
  • If you get a little behind each day, by the end of the week you'll be severely dehydrated, feeling lousy, and riding poorly.
Synonyms
British off, off colour
British informal grotty, ropy
vulgar slang crappy
2Infested with lice.
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  • This camp was lousy with lice and fleas, and it wasn't long before I was as lousy as the rest of the boys there.
  • He was lousy with lice. If I hadn't hugged him he would have bothered me all afternoon.
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2.1 (lousy with) informal Teeming with (something regarded as undesirable): the town is lousy with tourists
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  • This town is lousy with cows.
  • Every corner of this town, every street is lousy with associative action.
  • The area was lousy with saloons, dime museums, oyster bars, minstrel theaters, and establishments promising women in varying states of undress.
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Derivatives

lousily

adverb
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  • I was feeling really lousily depressed for a while there.
  • It would be clear to most readers that the government has set itself a mission impossible with this highly controversial lousily drafted law.
  • I'd rather be comfy and endure a little prodding than be lousily uncomfortable the entire flight.

lousiness

noun
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  • Despite its visual coolness and interesting non-linear and cyclical narrative style, as an enjoyable movie it fails, mostly due to its overall lousiness.
  • The fact that it was only the second day of his life in no way diminished it's lousiness.
  • Of course, you won't achieve any degree of lousiness unless you do this to excess.

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