[ shod-ee ]
/ ˈʃɒd i /

adjective, shod·di·er, shod·di·est.

of poor quality or inferior workmanship: a shoddy bookcase.
intentionally rude or inconsiderate; shabby: shoddy behavior.

noun, plural shod·dies.

a fibrous material obtained by shredding unfelted rags or waste.Compare mungo.
anything inferior, especially a handmade item or manufactured product.

Origin of shoddy

First recorded in 1825–35; origin uncertain


shod·di·ly, adverbshod·di·ness, nounhalf-shod·dy, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shoddily

  • Those of to-day are shoddily put together and cannot resist weathering as do the century-old ones.

    Garden Ornaments|Mary H. Northend

British Dictionary definitions for shoddily

/ (ˈʃɒdɪ) /

adjective -dier or -diest

imitating something of better quality
of poor quality; trashy
made of shoddy material

noun plural -dies

a yarn or fabric made from wool waste or clippings
anything of inferior quality that is designed to simulate superior quality

Derived forms of shoddy

shoddily, adverbshoddiness, noun

Word Origin for shoddy

C19: of unknown origin
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