- The definition of shoddy is something immoral or sordid, or is something badly made.
- Stealing from people who trust you is an example of shoddy behavior.
- A cheap knock-off purse with uneven stitching and bad design is an example of a shoddy purse.
- an inferior woolen yarn made from fibers taken from used fabrics and reprocessed
- cheap woolen cloth made from this
- anything of less worth or quality than it seems to have; esp., an inferior imitation
Origin of shoddy19th circa ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- Made of or containing inferior material.
- a. Of poor quality or craft.b. Rundown; shabby.
- Dishonest or reprehensible: shoddy business practices.
- Conspicuously and cheaply imitative.
- a. Woolen yarn made partially or entirely from scraps or used clothing.b. Cloth made from or containing such yarn.
- Something of inferior quality; a cheap imitation.
Origin of shoddyEarlier shoddy, worthless material, yarn made by shredding used woolen rags, perhaps from dialectal shoad, shode, loose fragments of ore on the ground indicating the presence of a lode, from Old English scādan, scēadan, to shed, divide ; see skei- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative shoddier, superlative shoddiest)
(countable and uncountable, plural shoddies)
- A low-grade cloth made from by-products of wool processing, or from recycled wool.
- Unknown, but possibly from shoad (â€œloose stone and rubbleâ€), from Old English scÃ¡dan (â€œto divideâ€), or possibly from the Arabic word for reuse. Shoad was of inferior quality for building.
- The modern adjectival sense was apparently derived from the use of inexpensive shoddy (â€œfabric from wool-processing byproductâ€) for unsuitable applications such as for military uniforms at the beginning of the US Civil War.