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lousy

[lou-zee] /ˈlaʊ zi/
adjective, lousier, lousiest.
1.
infested with lice.
2.
Informal.
  1. mean or contemptible:
    That was a lousy thing to do.
  2. wretchedly bad; miserable:
    a lousy job; I feel lousy.
Idioms
3.
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
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English lousi. See louse, -y1
Related forms
lousily, adverb
lousiness, noun
Synonyms
2a. shabby, nasty, crummy.
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British Dictionary definitions for lousiness

lousy

/ˈlaʊzɪ/
adjective lousier, lousiest
1.
(slang) very mean or unpleasant: a lousy thing to do
2.
(slang) inferior or bad: this is a lousy film
3.
infested with lice
4.
(foll by with) (slang)
  1. provided with an excessive amount (of): he's lousy with money
  2. full of or teeming with
Derived Forms
lousily, adverb
lousiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lousiness

lousy

adj.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for lousiness

lousy

adjective

Bad; nasty; crummy: Crab was all she ever did. What a lousy sport/ Yuh lousy boob (1690+)

adverb

: I did pretty lousy on that test


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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