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shoddy

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noun shod·dy \ˈshä-dē\

Definition of shoddy

  1. 1a :  a reclaimed wool from materials that are not felted that is of better quality and longer staple than mungob :  a fabric often of inferior quality manufactured wholly or partly from reclaimed wool

  2. 2a :  inferior, imitative, or pretentious articles or matterb :  pretentious vulgarity



Origin of shoddy

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1832

Rhymes with shoddy


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shoddy

adjective shod·dy

Simple Definition of shoddy

  • : poorly done or made

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of shoddy

shoddiershoddiest

  1. 1 :  made wholly or partly of shoddy

  2. 2a :  cheaply imitative :  vulgarly pretentious <shoddy merchandise>b :  hastily or poorly done :  inferior <shoddy workmanship>c :  shabby, disreputable <shoddy business deals>

shoddily play \ˈshä-də-lē\ adverb
shoddiness play \ˈshä-dē-nəs\ noun

Examples of shoddy in a sentence

  1. They gave a shoddy performance.

  2. <shoddy merchandise that soon fell to pieces>



1847

First Known Use of shoddy

1847


SHODDY Defined for Kids

shoddy

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adjective shod·dy \ˈshä-dē\

Definition of shoddy for Students

shod·di·ershod·di·est

  1. :  poorly done or made <shoddy work>

shod·di·ness \ˈshä-dē-nəs\ noun




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