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Lousy (comparative lousier, superlative lousiest)

  1. Remarkably bad; of poor quality, dirty, or underhanded.
    • No offense, but your cooking is lousy.
  2. Infested with lice.
  3. (colloquial) Filled or packed with something.
    • The place was lousy with students.
    • She's lousy with credit cards, goes shopping every day!


Prior to World War II, it was an offensive insult, implying filthiness. Now considered a mild or rather dated term.

Nouns to which "lousy" is often applied: job, day, way, food, service, husband, movie, teacher, driver, year.


abominable, alive with, arrant, atrocious, awful, bad, base, beastly, beneath contempt, beset, blameworthy, brutal, contemptible, deplorable, despicable, detestable, dire, dirty, disgusting, dreadful, egregious, enormous, fetid, filthy, flagrant, foul, fulsome, grievous, gross, grubby, hateful, heinous, horrible, horrid, infamous, inferior, infested, lamentable, loathsome, low, low-quality, mean, miserable, monstrous, nasty, nefarious, noisome, notorious, obnoxious, odious, offensive, outrageous, pedicular, pediculous, pitiable, pitiful, plagued, poor, rank, ratty, ravaged, regrettable, reprehensible, repulsive, rotten, sad, scandalous, schlock, scurvy, second-rate, shabby, shameful, shocking, shoddy, sordid, squalid, teeming, terrible, too bad, unclean, vicious, vile, villainous, woeful, wormy, worst, worthless, wretched


From louse.


  • Rhymes: -aʊzi


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