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

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, 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

And then there's simply shoddy software implementation and aging hardware, which can cause an unintended denial of service. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "The ugly truth about voting security: States won’t fix it," 6 Nov. 2018 If the tile in your shower is looking shoddy and the grout is cracking, bring the tile alive by removing and replacing the grout, which starts around $500. Brett Martin, House Beautiful, "What A Bathroom Renovation Actually Costs," 13 July 2018 In those groups, teachers grumbled about low pay and posted photos of the sometimes shoddy classroom conditions for their students. Matt Pearce, latimes.com, "Red-state revolt continues: Teachers strike in Oklahoma and protest in Kentucky," 3 Apr. 2018 Despite having one of the most impressive squads in the tournament on paper, Joachim Löw's side simply haven't been able to live up to their high expectations, and will have a long four-year wait to atone for their shoddy performances in Russia. SI.com, "Arsenal's Mesut Özil Embroiled in Furious Row With Germany Supporters After Dramatic World Cup Exit," 28 June 2018 In fairness to Russia, RT is notably more skeptical about the theory’s shoddy basis than some British or American outlets have been. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "Just kill us already, Planet X," 13 Apr. 2018 Local school leaders blamed poor training and other factors for shoddy attendance enforcement and vowed to crack down. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "In first-ever veto, Bowser denies diplomas to chronically absent students," 12 July 2018 Repair costs are recouped from a $13.5 million settlement awarded to Gilbert in 2015 after the town sued the ballpark's builder M.A. Mortenson for shoddy construction. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Gilbert may operate the shuttered Big League Dreams ballpark," 23 June 2018 Matthew Badger sued Borcina, alleging Borcina’s company performed shoddy renovations on the home, turning it into a firetrap. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "Stamford Property Where Christmas Fire Claimed Five Lives Is On The Market," 21 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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