adj. lous·i·er, lous·i·est
1. Inferior or worthless: a lousy play.
2. Extremely contemptible; nasty: a lousy trick.
3. Sick or unwell: I feel really lousy.
4. Infested with lice.
5. Slang Abundantly supplied: lousy with money.
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