lousy

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Etymology[edit]

From louse +‎ -y.

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lousy (comparative lousier, superlative lousiest)

  1. Remarkably bad; of poor quality, dirty, or underhanded; mean, contemptible.
    • 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!

Usage notes[edit]

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

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