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chained_bear commented on the word lousie
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