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adjective,shod·di·er, shod·di·est.
  1. of poor quality or inferior workmanship: a shoddy bookcase.

  2. intentionally rude or inconsiderate; shabby: shoddy behavior.

noun,plural shod·dies.
  1. a fibrous material obtained by shredding unfelted rags or waste.: Compare mungo.

  2. anything inferior, especially a handmade item or manufactured product.

Origin of shoddy

First recorded in 1825–35; origin uncertain

Other words from shoddy

  • shod·di·ly, adverb
  • shod·di·ness, noun
  • half-shoddy, adjective

Words Nearby shoddy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use shoddy in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for shoddy


/ (ˈʃɒdɪ) /

adjective-dier or -diest
  1. imitating something of better quality

  2. of poor quality; trashy

  1. made of shoddy material

nounplural -dies
  1. a yarn or fabric made from wool waste or clippings

  2. anything of inferior quality that is designed to simulate superior quality

Origin of shoddy

C19: of unknown origin

Derived forms of shoddy

  • shoddily, adverb
  • shoddiness, noun

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