adjective, shod·di·er, shod·di·est.
noun, plural shod·dies.
Origin of shoddy
Examples from the Web for shoddy
Shoddy well construction is considered a primary cause of groundwater contamination at drilling sites.Two Texas Regulators Tried to Enforce the Rules. They Were Fired.|David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They are vouching for Shadman, saying he is a scapegoat of a shoddy investigation.
Some of the stuff has been so shoddy and so sloppy that our soldiers are over there dying in the shower from electrocution.
Washington could take a lesson in how to handle foul plays and shoddy calls from what happens in the NHL.What Hockey Players Can Teach our Toothless Politicians|Dave Maney|April 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The levees failed because of shoddy maintenance by a federal agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.Eight Years After Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans Has Been Resurrected|Jason Berry|August 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Society's shoddy geometry gives a short-cut for "my lady's maid" to become "my lady."The Little Lady of Lagunitas|Richard Henry Savage
Mr. Spokesly was glad he had not been permitted to pay for the two bottles with their shoddy tinfoil and lying labels.Command|William McFee
He had sacrificed his sleep—that was his suggestion—and he did not deserve to be put off with shoddy goods.When Ghost Meets Ghost|William Frend De Morgan
This material is shoddy, so to speak, and goes to pieces soon after it grows.The Third Great Plague|John H. Stokes
Shoddy apparel never is anything else but shoddy, and well might it proclaim the shoddy man.Laugh and Live|Douglas Fairbanks
British Dictionary definitions for shoddy
adjective -dier or -diest
noun plural -dies
Word Origin for shoddy
Word Origin and History for shoddy
1862, "having a delusive appearance of high quality," a Northern word from the American Civil War in reference to the quality of government supplies for the armies, from earlier noun meaning "rag-wool, wool made of woolen waste and old rags" (1832), perhaps a Yorkshire provincial word, of uncertain origin.
Originally used for padding, English manufacturers began making coarse wearing clothes from it, and when new it looked like broad-cloth but the gloss quickly wore off, giving the stuff a bad reputation as a cheat. The 1860 U.S. census of manufactures notes import of more than 6 million pounds of it, which was "much used in the manufacture of army and navy cloths and blankets in the United States" according to an 1865 government report.
The Days of Shoddy, as the reader will readily anticipate, are the opening months of the present war, at which time the opprobrious name first came into general use as a designation for swindling and humbug of every character; and nothing more need be said to indicate the scope of this novel. [Henry Morford, "The Days of Shoddy: A Novel of the Great Rebellion in 1861," Philadelphia, 1863]
Related: Shoddily; shoddiness.