louse

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈlaʊs/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/n. laʊs; v. also laʊz/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(n. lous; v. lous, louz)



Inflections of 'louse' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.):
louses
nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors." (When talking about a person)
lice
nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors." (All other usages)
Inflections of 'louse' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
louses
v 3rd person singular
lousing
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
loused
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
loused
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
WordReference English Collocations © 2020

louse

Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
n
  1. [has, suffered from] head lice
  2. an [invasion, infestation] of lice
  3. [check, look for] lice
  4. thousands of bed lice
  5. all [students, children] are checked for lice
  6. [kill, exterminate, get rid of] the lice
  7. infested with [sea, fish] lice
  8. is a common [head, plant] louse
  9. a [bird, biting] louse
  10. informal: a (despicable, cheating, undeserving) louse
  11. informal: (despicable, cheating, undeserving) louses
v
  1. loused up the [penalty, chance, opportunity]
  2. louse the [penalty] up
  3. loused it (all) up
  4. [always, forever, keeps on] lousing it up
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