shoddy

noun
shod·dy | \ ˈshä-dē \

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

shoddy

adjective
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

Adjective

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

Examples of shoddy in a Sentence

Adjective

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That never quite offset his shoddy blocking, unfortunately, which cost him playing time last season. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "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, SI.com, "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, kansascity.com, "Falsely imprisoned for 23 years? Court to hear evidence on freeing Lamonte McIntyre," 26 Apr. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

When this insurance regime interacts with Detroit’s high rates of car theft and the shoddy state of Michigan’s roads, a death spiral ensues. The Economist, "Why Detroit is the most expensive city in America to buy car insurance," 5 July 2018 Hayden’s often shoddy science, Powell believed, sent the interests of the United States squarely in a damaging direction. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018 After a shoddy search of the house, Serena emerges with June’s cape and concludes June must be gone. refinery29.com, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 2, Episode 11 Recap: The Wolf Is A Metaphor," 27 June 2018 But now, under pressure to clean up its service, the social network is taking a more active role in policing shoddy businesses that use its service. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "Retailers Beware: Facebook Will Ban Your Ads If You're 'Bad'," 12 June 2018 The official record-keeping for black families from that time was also particularly shoddy. Malika Andrews, New York Times, "A Relative Wages Jack Johnson’s Biggest Fight: To Clear His Name," 8 May 2018 Honored as one of the globe's best mayors by an international organization in 2010, Ebrard left office two years later under a cloud involving the exorbitant and shoddy construction of a subway line. Dudley Althaus, Washington Post, "Mexico’s leftist president-elect begins his outreach to the U.S. and Trump," 6 July 2018 Gilbert says Big League Dreams' design and the company's supposedly shoddy maintenance led to $4 million in necessary repairs. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Gilbert may operate the shuttered Big League Dreams ballpark," 23 June 2018 Few of the projects were delivered — projects fell behind schedule, workers delivered shoddy construction and the firms stopped work. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, "Dominican senator accused of ripping off Haiti sanctioned by Trump administration," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of shoddy

Noun

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for shoddy

Noun

origin unknown

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shoddy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of shoddy

: poorly done or made

shoddy

adjective
shod·dy | \ ˈshä-dē \
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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