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  • This “lousie creek,” in short, is a little river at

    A Tour through the Eastern Counties of England, 1722

  • And again: -- 'Thou borrowedst a gowne of Roscius the stager, and sentest it home lousie.'

    Shakspere and Montaigne

  • This "lousie creek," in short, is a little river at Swoul, which our late famous atlas-maker calls a good harbour for ships, and rendezvous of the royal navy; but that by-the-bye; the author, it seems, knew no better.

    Tour through Eastern Counties of England, 1722

  • Gentlemans house in the whole Kingdom in which they have not been convenrsant, and yet I wonder how they came to have such universal entertainment: as for my own part, I must confess plainly they are too lousie and beggarly to lodg underneath my roof; they will insect my Foot-men.

    The Gentlewoman's Companion: or,%0AA Guide to the Female Sex

  • And, geez lousie, by your rationale they are also at fault for having the "supply" of drugs!!

    Douglas Farah

  • Bessy down to Boston Bessy is are horse see Ethen which is about 13 mi. from here Boston I mean Ethen as the crow flys only no crow would ever fly to Boston if he could help it because all the crows that ever flew to Boston was shot by them lousie taverin keepers to make meals out of Ethen I never tast it nothing so rotten in my life as the meals they give us there & the priceis would knock your I out. 3 shillings for a peace of stake about as big as your I, and 4 pence for a cup of coffy.

    A Parody Outline of History

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  • OED:
    Also 4-8 lowsy(e, (4 lousi, 5 lowse, -i), 6-7 lous-, lowsie, -ye, -zie, -zy, 8 lowsey.

    A. adj.

    1. a. Full of lice, infested by lice.

    b. Characterized by the presence of lice. lousy disease, evil = PHTHIRIASIS. Obs.

    c. lousy grass, (a) Stinking Hellebore, Helleborus ftidus; (b) Spergula arvensis (1875 in Britten & Holland).

    d. ‘Swarming’ with; abundantly supplied with (money, people, etc.); full of. Const. with. slang (orig. U.S.).

    2. fig. Dirty, filthy, obscene. Also as a general term of abuse: Mean, scurvy, sorry, vile, contemptible. Also, inferior, poor, bad; ill; in low health or spirits.

    B. As adv. ‘Lousily’, extremely. Chiefly N. Amer.
    In quot. 1971 a mere intensive.

    September 10, 2008