From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishlousylou‧sy /ˈlaʊzi/ adjective (comparative lousier, superlative lousiest) 🔊 🔊 1especially spokenBAD of very bad quality syn awful, terrible 🔊 What lousy weather! 🔊 The food was lousy. 🔊 a lousy film► see thesaurus at bad2 →feel lousy3spoken not very good at doing something syn hopeless, terriblelousy at/with 🔊 I’m lousy at tennis. 🔊 Brenda’s lousy with kids. 🔊 a lousy teacher4spokenLITTLE/NOT MUCH small, useless, or unimportant 🔊 He left me a lousy fifty cent tip.5 →be lousy with something
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lousy• I feel lousy.• The donuts turned out to be lousy.• I was lousy at biology in school.• I'm such a lousycook that I usually eat out.• Hopewell got a lousycreditrating, which meantinvestors wanted a higher interest rate.• It was a coldlousy day and drizzling by evening.• As luck would have it, I was a lousyengineer.• You know, back then, I worked every lousy job in town, you name it.• Feeling small and lousy, not knowing what to do; fit for nothing, not even to stick out your hand.• This country is lousy with them.lousy at/with• You're no business-woman, Mrs Sutherland, you're lousy at it.• Brenda's lousy withkids.• I'm lousy attennis.• The place used to be lousy with them.• This country is lousy with them.• Gera and Postema are but footnotes in a sport that is lousy with trivia.