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shoddy

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noun shod·dy \ ˈshä-dē \

Definition of shoddy

1 a :a reclaimed wool from materials that are not felted that is of better quality and longer staple than mungo
b :a fabric often of inferior quality manufactured wholly or partly from reclaimed wool
2 a :inferior, imitative, or pretentious articles or matter
b :pretentious vulgarity

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Origin and Etymology of shoddy

origin unknown


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shoddy

adjective

Definition of shoddy

shoddier; shoddiest
1 :made wholly or partly of shoddy
2 a :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

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First Known Use of shoddy

1847


SHODDY Defined for English Language Learners

shoddy

adjective

Definition of shoddy for English Language Learners

  • : poorly done or made


SHODDY Defined for Kids

shoddy

play
adjective shod·dy \ ˈshä-dē \

Definition of shoddy for Students

shoddier; shoddiest
:poorly done or made
  • shoddy work

shoddiness

\ˈshä-dē-nəs\ noun


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