From Middle English lousy, lowsy, lousi, equivalent to louse + -y.
lousy (comparative lousier, superlative lousiest)
- Remarkably bad; of poor quality, dirty, or underhanded; mean, contemptible.
- No offense, but his cooking is lousy.
- Synonym: miserable
- Infested with lice.
- (colloquial, usually with with) Filled or packed (with something, usually bad).
- The place was lousy with students.
- 2016, Rick Riordan, The Hammer of Thor, page 6:
- [I talked to] Annabeth about the Greek gods who hung out in New York and made her life difficult. Apparently North America was lousy with ancient gods. We had a full-blown infestation.
- Synonyms: inundated, jam-packed, teeming
- Considered an offensive insult prior to World War II, implying filthiness. Now considered a mild or rather dated term.
remarkably bad; of poor quality, dirty, or underhanded
- Hebrew: עלוב (he) ('alúv)
- Italian: schifoso (it)
- Ngazidja Comorian: -a uvunɗo (-a uvundo)
- Portuguese: péssimo (pt) m, horrível (pt)
- Russian: ни́зкий (ru) (nízkij), подлый (ru) (podlyj), отврати́тельный (ru) (otvratítelʹnyj), ме́рзкий (ru) (mérzkij), (colloquial) парши́вый (ru) (paršívyj), (colloquial) фиговый (ru) (figovyj), (colloquial) отстойный (ru) (otstojnyj)
- Serbo-Croatian: ušljiv (sh) m
- Spanish: pésimo (es) m, penoso (es) m, lamentable (es), malísimo (es) m, fatal (es)
- Swedish: värdelös (sv), urusel (sv), botten (sv)