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Definition of louse noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    louse

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//laʊs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//laʊs//
     
    Invertebrates
     
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  1. 1 (pl. lice
    BrE BrE//laɪs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//laɪs//
     
    )
    a small insect that lives on the bodies of humans and animals head lice see also woodlouse See related entries: Invertebrates
  2. 2(louses) (informal, disapproving) a very unpleasant person Steve had let her down; she should never have trusted the louse.
  3. Word Origin Old English lūs, (plural) lȳs, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch luis, German Laus.
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