shod·​dy | \ ˈshä-dē How to pronounce shoddy (audio) \

Definition of shoddy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
2a : inferior, imitative, or pretentious articles or matter
b : pretentious vulgarity


shoddier; shoddiest

Definition of shoddy (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : made wholly or partly of shoddy
2a : cheaply imitative : vulgarly pretentious shoddy merchandise
b : hastily or poorly done : inferior shoddy workmanship
c : shabby, disreputable shoddy business deals

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Other Words from shoddy


shoddily \ ˈshä-​də-​lē How to pronounce shoddily (audio) \ adverb
shoddiness \ ˈshä-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce shoddiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of shoddy in a Sentence


They gave a shoddy performance. shoddy merchandise that soon fell to pieces

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Recycled pop bottles are made into carpets and seat linings, and cotton shoddy—used to make blue jeans—is recycled and turned into sound insulation. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "What the Road Trip Looks Like in 2030," 20 July 2018 That never quite offset his shoddy blocking, unfortunately, which cost him playing time last season. Andy Benoit,, "True NFL Draft Grades: 2014 Draft, Four Years Later," 8 May 2018 Coby Fleener is too unreliable as a receiver to offset his shoddy blocking. Andy Benoit,, "NFL Draft Needs: All 32 Teams," 25 Apr. 2018 Only traditional organic feeds such as the shoddy are allowed Craig Ballinger, Slate Magazine, "The Dark State of British Rhubarb," 20 Mar. 2017 In her motion for exoneration, filed in Wyandotte County District Court in June 2016, Pilate laid out a story of false arrest, conviction and imprisonment involving a shoddy and corrupted police investigation as well as prosecutorial misconduct. Eric Adler,, "Falsely imprisoned for 23 years? Court to hear evidence on freeing Lamonte McIntyre," 26 Apr. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The roof and some joints are porous, electrical requirements still fall short, the HVAC is so shoddy the place had to be shut down for a few days this summer and the elevator doesn’t go to the top floor. Roy S. Johnson, al, "Johnson: Who whiffed on Negro Southern League League Museum construction?," 15 Sep. 2019 The contact was shoddy, the starting lines were inconsistent and the distance control—normally a hallmark of Woods’ games—was nowhere to be found. Daniel Rapaport,, "Tiger's Back Holds Up, but His Game Falters in First Round at Northern Trust," 8 Aug. 2019 Flil The hosts came out for the restart fired up and ready to make amends for a shoddy showing, restoring belief at the Emirates Stadium..., "Twitter Reacts as Arsenal & Tottenham Draw Thrilling North London Derby," 1 Sep. 2019 Click here to read about M.K. Pritzker being the designer of choice to overhaul the governor’s once shoddy office in downtown Chicago’s Thompson Center state office building. Lisa Donovan,, "The Spin: Mayor Lightfoot on pensions, police and dance partners | Willie Wilson running for U.S. Senate | Toni Preckwinkle’s thoughts on money and power in politics," 31 Aug. 2019 The audits revealed millions of dollars of aid money siphoned off by contractors for shoddy and substandard work, like an overpass built over busy Delmas avenue that cost about $23 million, but should have cost around $16 million. Washington Post, "AP Interview: Haitian president pledges to outlast troubles," 30 Aug. 2019 Faulty components, shoddy workmanship or wiring, or a combination, can cause fires, Wilder said. Los Angeles Times, "Tesla residential rooftop solar panels catch fire, and the lawsuits start flying," 30 Aug. 2019 Running back Mark Thompson allowed at least one sack with shoddy blocking. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions observations: Pass protection still an issue for offensive line," 29 Aug. 2019 The special teams? Yikes to where the waiver wire should be explored for reinforcements in two weeks after minimal return game production and shoddy kickoff coverage. Ryan O'halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos defense flexes muscle, but issues remain in loss to San Francisco," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of shoddy


1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for shoddy


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English Language Learners Definition of shoddy

: poorly done or made


shod·​dy | \ ˈshä-dē How to pronounce shoddy (audio) \
shoddier; shoddiest

Kids Definition of shoddy

: poorly done or made shoddy work

Other Words from shoddy

shoddiness \ ˈshä-​dē-​nəs \ noun

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