Definition of lousy in English:

lousy

adjective

  • 1informal Very poor or bad; disgusting.

    ‘the service is usually lousy’
    ‘lousy weather’
    • ‘We have had a few lousy weeks of wet weather mostly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No one has ever said to you, after reading the finished product, ‘You are a lousy writer.’’
    • ‘What an awful show with bad acting, lousy scripts, ridiculous effects, and poor lighting.’
    • ‘It's a perfectly good car, and it will serve you well when the weather is lousy.’
    • ‘Now he says the networks are doing a lousy job of covering the world.’
    • ‘To be honest, most of the times the script is really lousy.’
    • ‘In America, lousy jobs are increasing as top corporations are awash in cash.’
    • ‘He even cried on camera during a pathetic and lousy piece of filmmaking.’
    • ‘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'm really lousy at writing emails, as you can probably see.’
    • ‘‘We only had one day of summer - the weather was lousy,’ complains Alex.’
    • ‘Initially, customers groused about a grinding gear shift, poor air-conditioning, and lousy tires.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They were basically filling in for my absent father and were pretty lousy all the way around.’
    • ‘It should come as no surprise that the result is a poor selection of expensive lousy telephone security products.’
    • ‘I think when it rains and the weather's lousy they enjoy themselves even more.’
    awful, terrible, appalling, abysmal, very bad, atrocious, desperate, unspeakable, frightful, miserable
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    1. 1.1Ill; in poor physical condition.
      ‘she felt lousy’
      • ‘Even while feeling lousy, it's hard to stay inside when the weather is so beautiful.’
      • ‘If you get a little behind each day, by the end of the week you'll be severely dehydrated, feeling lousy, and riding poorly.’
      • ‘I was late home tonight and felt really lousy with this head cold.’
      • ‘"You know I was feeling pretty lousy before you showed up in my office this afternoon.’
      • ‘When you cut your carbs too low, you may feel really lousy.’
      • ‘I felt lousy last night (stomach trouble) and woke up this morning with a head and backache, crampy and an upset stomach.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So, I've feeling pretty lousy for about a week, a cold, back pain, the works.’
      • ‘I felt lousy this morning, and then I felt high on cold medication when I finally took something for it after trying everything else.’
      • ‘Within a few days I felt lousy, weak, listless. I ran a low-grade fever for a few days, and my head hurt.’
  • 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. 2.1informal [predicative]Teeming with (something regarded as bad or undesirable)
      ‘the town is lousy with tourists’
      • ‘The area was lousy with saloons, dime museums, oyster bars, minstrel theaters, and establishments promising women in varying states of undress.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Granted, no doubt the military have long since cracked the GSM encryption, and more importantly the core network is probably lousy with official bugs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Does the relationship between passive safety and active safety change when the roads of the nation become lousy with S.U.V.s?’
      • ‘Every corner of this town, every street is lousy with associative action.’
      • ‘In case you haven't noticed, Jack, the place is lousy with oak trees.’
      • ‘This town is lousy with cows.’
      • ‘And the kid's neighborhood is lousy with cash.’
      • ‘She was in a small, richly furnished room, lousy with velvet pillows in jewel tones, with deep gray draperies.’
      • ‘The New York Times editorial page is lousy with academic politics today.’
      • ‘The world is lousy with places claiming to be another Silicon Valley.’
      • ‘There was poets' pub, lousy with drunks and soft with words, glittering with ideas and familiarity and mutual admiration.’
      • ‘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.’

Pronunciation:

lousy

/ˈlouzē/