Louse meaning

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(slang) A mean or despicable person.
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The definition of a louse is a tiny, wingless, sucking parasite.

An example of louse is a lice.

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To bungle. Often used with up .

Louse up a deal.

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Any of various other small insects, arachnids, and crustaceans that are not parasitic, as the book louse or wood louse.
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(informal) A person regarded as mean, contemptible, etc.
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(archaic) To delouse.
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Any of numerous small, flat-bodied, wingless biting or sucking insects of the order Phthiraptera, which live as external parasites on birds and mammals, including humans. The lice are sometimes classified together with the psocids in the order Psocodea.
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A small parasitic wingless insect of the order Phthiraptera.
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(colloquial, dated, not usually used in plural form) A contemptible person; one who has recently taken an action considered deceitful or indirectly harmful.
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To remove lice from the body of a person or animal; to delouse.
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Any of numerous small, flat-bodied, wingless biting or sucking insects of the order Phthiraptera, which live as external parasites on birds and mammals, including humans. The lice are sometimes classified together with the psocids in the order Psocodea.
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louse up
  • to botch; spoil; ruin
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of louse

  • Middle English from Old English lūs lūs- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English lows(e), from Old English lÅ«s, from Proto-Germanic *lÅ«s (cf. West Frisian lûs, Dutch luis, Low German Luus, German Laus), from Proto-Indo-European *lewH- (cf. Welsh llau (“lice"), Tocharian B luwo, maybe Sanskrit यूका (yÅ«kā)).

    From Wiktionary