louse: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (n.lousv.lous, louz), [key]
— n., pl. v., lice lous•es loused, lous•ing.
- any small, wingless insect of the order Anopluraparasitic on humans and other mammals and having mouthparts adapted for sucking, as Pediculus humanusand Phthirius pubisor
- any insect of the order Mallophagaparasitic on birds and mammals, having mouthparts adapted for biting.
- a contemptible person, esp. an unethical one.
- to delouse.
- to spoil; botch: Miscasting loused up the movie.
- louse (Thesaurus)