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[shod-ee] /ˈʃɒd i/
adjective, shoddier, shoddiest.
of poor quality or inferior workmanship:
a shoddy bookcase.
intentionally rude or inconsiderate; shabby:
shoddy behavior.
noun, plural shoddies.
a fibrous material obtained by shredding unfelted rags or waste.
Compare mungo.
anything inferior, especially a handmade item or manufactured product.
1825-35; origin uncertain
Related forms
shoddily, adverb
shoddiness, noun
half-shoddy, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for shoddy
  • Some of the companies have been criticized for overcharging, shoddy work and incomplete projects.
  • No, no information of other scholars involved, and the emails was written in pretty shoddy language.
  • And in the lab, these five-legged spiders built shoddy webs.
  • shoddy equipment, questionable billing practices and suspicious hiring.
  • Department data is notoriously shoddy and always corrected following official release.
  • Avoid boots with padding inside, a sure sign of shoddy construction.
  • Distorting anyone's words via the use of ellipses is dishonest and betrays a shoddy application of editorial standards.
  • It's clear now that shoddy construction played as big a role as the earthquake in this disaster.
  • Some experts have suggested shoddy cement work at the drill site as one possible cause of the blowout.
  • The accepted way of dealing with flawed and shoddy work is to ignore it, to not cite it.
British Dictionary definitions for shoddy


adjective -dier, -diest
imitating something of better quality
of poor quality; trashy
made of shoddy material
noun (pl) -dies
a yarn or fabric made from wool waste or clippings
anything of inferior quality that is designed to simulate superior quality
Derived Forms
shoddily, adverb
shoddiness, noun
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for shoddy
1862, "having a delusive appearance of high quality," from earlier noun meaning "wool made of woolen waste, old rags, etc." (1832), of uncertain origin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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