Shoddy definition

shŏdē
Dishonest or reprehensible.

Shoddy business practices.

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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.

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Made of or containing inferior material.
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Conspicuously and cheaply imitative.
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Of poor quality or craft.
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Rundown; shabby.
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Something of inferior quality; a cheap imitation.
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Woolen yarn made partially or entirely from scraps or used clothing.
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Cloth made from or containing such yarn.
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Anything of less worth or quality than it seems to have; esp., an inferior imitation.
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An inferior woolen yarn made from fibers taken from used fabrics and reprocessed.
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Cheap woolen cloth made from this.
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Counterfeit; sham.

Shoddy gentility.

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Contemptible; mean; low.

A shoddy trick.

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Made of shoddy.
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Made of any cheap, inferior material.
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Poorly done or made.
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Do not settle for shoddy knives if you are serious about cooking.

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A low-grade cloth made from by-products of wool processing, or from recycled wool.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
shoddy
Plural:
shoddies

Adjective

Base Form:
shoddy
Comparative:
shoddier
Superlative:
shoddiest

Origin of shoddy

  • Earlier 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 skei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • The modern adjectival sense was apparently derived from the use of inexpensive shoddy (“fabric from wool-processing byproduct") for unsuitable applications such as for military uniforms at the beginning of the US Civil War.

    From Wiktionary

  • Unknown, but possibly from shoad (“loose stone and rubble"), from Old English scádan (“to divide"), or possibly from the Arabic word for reuse. Shoad was of inferior quality for building.

    From Wiktionary