Lousy vs Grimy - What's the difference?

lousy | grimy |

As adjectives the difference between lousy and grimy

is that lousy is remarkably bad; of poor quality, dirty, or underhanded; mean, contemptible while grimy is stained, or covered with grime.




  • Remarkably bad; of poor quality, dirty, or underhanded; mean, contemptible.
  • * No offense, but your cooking is lousy .
  • Infested with lice.
  • (colloquial) Filled or packed with something.
  • * The place was lousy with students .
  • * She's lousy with credit cards, goes shopping every day!
  • Usage notes

    Prior to World War II, it was an offensive insult, implying filthiness. Now considered a mild or rather dated term.

    Derived terms

    * lousy evil




  • Stained, or covered with grime.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=5 , passage=Then came a maid with hand-bag and shawls, and after her a tall young lady. She stood for a moment holding her skirt above the grimy steps,
  • (music) From the urban musical genre called grime.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2009, date=November 27, work=BBC
  • , title= Jimi Hendrix's Voodoo Child has 'best guitar riff' , passage=Riffs from older songs seem to be more popular, as only two from the past decade made it into the top 20. They were Muse's Plug In Baby, at 11, and The White Stripes' grimy Seven Nation Army at 15. }}