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, usually with with) Filled or packed (with something, usually bad).
    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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