[ 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

Related forms

shod·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 Forms

shoddily, adverbshoddiness, noun

Word Origin for shoddy

C19: of unknown origin
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