Definition of lousy in English:



  • 1informal Very poor or bad.

    ‘the service is usually lousy’
    ‘lousy weather’
    • ‘It's a perfectly good car, and it will serve you well when the weather is lousy.’
    • ‘I'm really lousy at writing emails, as you can probably see.’
    • ‘It should come as no surprise that the result is a poor selection of expensive lousy telephone security products.’
    • ‘They were basically filling in for my absent father and were pretty lousy all the way around.’
    • ‘What an awful show with bad acting, lousy scripts, ridiculous effects, and poor lighting.’
    • ‘Initially, customers groused about a grinding gear shift, poor air-conditioning, and lousy tires.’
    • ‘No one has ever said to you, after reading the finished product, ‘You are a lousy writer.’’
    • ‘He even cried on camera during a pathetic and lousy piece of filmmaking.’
    • ‘In America, lousy jobs are increasing as top corporations are awash in cash.’
    • ‘‘We only had one day of summer - the weather was lousy,’ complains Alex.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We have had a few lousy weeks of wet weather mostly.’
    • ‘To be honest, most of the times the script is really lousy.’
    • ‘Now he says the networks are doing a lousy job of covering the world.’
    • ‘They are poor amid wealth and their living conditions are lousy.’
    • ‘Do you think people are poor because of lousy educational opportunities, wildly unequal social conditions and layer upon layer of middle-class privilege?’
    • ‘I think when it rains and the weather's lousy they enjoy themselves even more.’
    • ‘He is just making lousy excuses, as the previous Minister did.’
    • ‘His grades were awful, his phone bills enormous, his punctuality for meetings pathetic, his attitude lousy.’
    awful, terrible, appalling, abysmal, very bad, atrocious, desperate, unspeakable, frightful, miserable
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    1. 1.1Used to express anger, contempt, or annoyance.
      ‘you lousy creeps’
      • ‘But did you really expect I would recount my life after one lousy hello?’
      • ‘I'd been here three weeks and hadn't even bough one lousy souvenir.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘You enjoy seeing me suffer, don't you, you no-good, lousy harpy of a nurse?’
      • ‘Of course, after that incident, she seemed less than inclined to go see those lousy, no-good idiots anyway.’
      despicable, contemptible, dirty, low, mean, base, low-down, hateful, detestable, loathsome, vile, wicked, vicious
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    2. 1.2[predicative]Unwell.
      ‘she felt lousy’
      • ‘Within a few days I felt lousy, weak, listless. I ran a low-grade fever for a few days, and my head hurt.’
      • ‘I felt lousy this morning, and then I felt high on cold medication when I finally took something for it after trying everything else.’
      • ‘So, I've feeling pretty lousy for about a week, a cold, back pain, the works.’
      • ‘Even while feeling lousy, it's hard to stay inside when the weather is so beautiful.’
      • ‘I felt lousy last night (stomach trouble) and woke up this morning with a head and backache, crampy and an upset stomach.’
      • ‘If you get a little behind each day, by the end of the week you'll be severely dehydrated, feeling lousy, and riding poorly.’
      • ‘"You know I was feeling pretty lousy before you showed up in my office this afternoon.’
      • ‘I was late home tonight and felt really lousy with this head cold.’
      • ‘When you cut your carbs too low, you may feel really lousy.’
      • ‘I was feeling lousy and sick and rowed as badly as I had at the beginning of the week.’
      • ‘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.’
      ill, unwell, poorly, sick, nauseous, nauseated, queasy, bad
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  • 2Infested with lice.

    • ‘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.’
    lice-infested, lice-ridden
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    1. 2.1informal Teeming with (something regarded as undesirable)
      ‘the town is lousy with tourists’
      • ‘The New York Times editorial page is lousy with academic politics today.’
      • ‘This town is lousy with cows.’
      • ‘In the past two years, motorcycle sales surged as aging baby boomers, women, and suits lousy with disposable income looked to capture a bit of the two-wheel lifestyle.’
      • ‘The world is lousy with places claiming to be another Silicon Valley.’
      • ‘The online job postings were lousy with start-ups touting their work hard/play hard philosophy.’
      • ‘There was poets' pub, lousy with drunks and soft with words, glittering with ideas and familiarity and mutual admiration.’
      • ‘She was in a small, richly furnished room, lousy with velvet pillows in jewel tones, with deep gray draperies.’
      • ‘Granted, no doubt the military have long since cracked the GSM encryption, and more importantly the core network is probably lousy with official bugs.’
      • ‘In case you haven't noticed, Jack, the place is lousy with oak trees.’
      • ‘And the kid's neighborhood is lousy with cash.’
      • ‘The collection of pendant necklaces, shimmery bracelets, and delicate jeweled earrings in pale shades of purple, blue, and pink is absolutely lousy with girliness.’
      • ‘Every corner of this town, every street is lousy with associative action.’
      • ‘Does the relationship between passive safety and active safety change when the roads of the nation become lousy with S.U.V.s?’
      • ‘The area was lousy with saloons, dime museums, oyster bars, minstrel theaters, and establishments promising women in varying states of undress.’
      • ‘If I'm lucky, I'll see deer, rabbits, frogs, and find a treasure trove of the wild blackberry bushes their property is lousy with.’
      full of, crowded with, overrun by, overflowing with, swarming with, teeming with, alive with, crawling with, hopping with, bristling with, thronged with, packed with, rife with, well supplied with, awash with, abounding in, abundant in, knee-deep in, rolling in
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