[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. shockley, william bradford,
  2. shockproof,
  3. shockstall,
  4. shockumentary,
  5. shod,
  6. shoe,
  7. shoe boil,
  8. shoe is on the other foot, the,
  9. shoe leather,
  10. shoe-shine

Origin of shoddy

First recorded in 1825–35; origin uncertain

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

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British Dictionary definitions for 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

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