definitions
  • synonyms

shoddy

[ shod-ee ]
/ ˈʃɒd i /
|
SEE MORE SYNONYMS FOR shoddy ON THESAURUS.COM

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.

RELATED CONTENT

READ MORE

RELATED WORDS

Nearby words

shockley, william bradford, shockproof, shockstall, shockumentary, shod, shoddy, shoe, shoe boil, shoe is on the other foot, the, shoe leather, shoe-shine

Origin of shoddy

First recorded in 1825–35; origin uncertain
Related formsshod·di·ly, adverbshod·di·ness, nounhalf-shod·dy, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shoddy

British Dictionary definitions for shoddy

shoddy

/ (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 Formsshoddily, adverbshoddiness, noun

Word Origin for shoddy

C19: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for shoddy

shoddy


adj.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper