What does shoddy mean?

Definitions for shoddyˈʃɒd i

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shoddy(adj)

    reclaimed wool fiber

  2. cheapjack, shoddy, tawdry(adj)

    cheap and shoddy

    "cheapjack moviemaking...that feeds on the low taste of the mob"- Judith Crist

  3. jerry-built, shoddy(adj)

    of inferior workmanship and materials

    "mean little jerry-built houses"

  4. deceptive, misleading, shoddy(adj)

    designed to deceive or mislead either deliberately or inadvertently

    "the deceptive calm in the eye of the storm"; "deliberately deceptive packaging"; "a misleading similarity"; "statistics can be presented in ways that are misleading"; "shoddy business practices"


  1. Shoddy(a.)

    visibly worn or damaged from use; shabby.


  1. shoddy(Noun)

    A low-grade cloth made from by-products of wool processing, or from recycled wool.

  2. shoddy(Adjective)

    Being of poor quality or construction

    Do not settle for shoddy knives if you are serious about cooking.

  3. Origin: * , but possibly from shoad, from scádan, or possibly from the Arabic word for reuse. Shoad was of inferior quality for building.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shoddy(verb)

    a fibrous material obtained by "deviling," or tearing into fibers, refuse woolen goods, old stockings, rags, druggets, etc. See Mungo

  2. Shoddy(verb)

    a fabric of inferior quality made of, or containing a large amount of, shoddy

  3. Shoddy(adj)

    made wholly or in part of shoddy; containing shoddy; as, shoddy cloth; shoddy blankets; hence, colloquially, not genuine; sham; pretentious; as, shoddy aristocracy

  4. Origin: [Perhaps fr. Shed, v. t.; as meaning originally, waste stuff shed or thrown off; cf. dial. shod to shed, and E. Shed a parting, separation, Shode a parting.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shoddy

    shod′i, n. (orig.) the waste arising from the manufacture of wool: now applied to the wool of old woven fabrics reduced to the state in which it was before being spun and woven, and thus fit for remanufacture: the inferior cloth made from this substance: worthless goods: (coll.) pretence, sham, vulgar and baseless assumption.—adj. made of shoddy: inferior, trashy: pretentious, sham, counterfeit: ambitious by reason of newly-acquired wealth.—n. Shodd′yism. [Shed, to part—A.S. sceádan, to part.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Shoddy

    a stuff woven of old woollen fabrics teased into fibre and of new wool intermixed.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shoddy in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shoddy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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