Definition of lousy in English:

lousy

adjective

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

    • ‘He was lousy with lice. If I hadn't hugged him he would have bothered me all afternoon.’
    • ‘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.’
    lice-infested, lice-ridden
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    1. 2.1lousy withinformal Teeming with (something regarded as undesirable)
      ‘the town is lousy with tourists’
      • ‘And the kid's neighborhood is lousy with cash.’
      • ‘In case you haven't noticed, Jack, the place is lousy with oak trees.’
      • ‘The New York Times editorial page is lousy with academic politics today.’
      • ‘The collection of pendant necklaces, shimmery bracelets, and delicate jeweled earrings in pale shades of purple, blue, and pink is absolutely lousy with girliness.’
      • ‘The online job postings were lousy with start-ups touting their work hard/play hard philosophy.’
      • ‘The world is lousy with places claiming to be another Silicon Valley.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This town is lousy with cows.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Does the relationship between passive safety and active safety change when the roads of the nation become lousy with S.U.V.s?’
      • ‘There was poets' pub, lousy with drunks and soft with words, glittering with ideas and familiarity and mutual admiration.’
      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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Pronunciation

lousy

/ˈlaʊzi/