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Definitions for shoddy
ˈʃɒd ishod·dy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shoddyadjective

    reclaimed wool fiber

  2. cheapjack, shoddy, tawdryadjective

    cheap and shoddy

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

  3. jerry-built, shoddyadjective

    of inferior workmanship and materials

    "mean little jerry-built houses"

  4. deceptive, misleading, shoddyadjective

    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. Shoddyadjective

    visibly worn or damaged from use; shabby.


  1. shoddynoun

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

  2. shoddyadjective

    Being of poor quality or construction

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

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


  1. shoddy

    Recycled wool, rag wool or shoddy is any woollen textile or yarn made by shredding existing fabric and re-spinning the resulting fibres. Textile recycling is an important mechanism for reducing the need for raw wool in manufacturing. Shoddy was invented by Benjamin Law of Batley in 1813. It was the dominant industry of a number of neighbouring towns in the West Riding of Yorkshire, known as the Heavy Woollen District, throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. Following its decline in the United Kingdom, the centre of the shoddy trade shifted to the city of Panipat in India. Efforts have been made to revive the British recycled wool industry in recent years.


  1. shoddy

    Shoddy generally refers to something of poor quality or inferior workmanship. It describes an item, work, or action that is carelessly made or done, lacking the proper attention to details and standards. It can also refer to unethical or dishonest practices.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shoddyverb

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

  2. Shoddyverb

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

  3. Shoddyadjective

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

  4. Etymology: [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.

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  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

Examples of shoddy in a Sentence

  1. Phil Robertson:

    Australia is basically paying blood money to a much poorer, less developed state with a shoddy record of refugee protection to take people that Canberra doesn't want, when they get there, the refugees will find huge hurdles to integrate, jobs that are few and far between, and a resentful local population wondering why this group should get a time-limited year of Australian assistance when ordinary Cambodians do not.

  2. Citizen Lab:

    It's either shoddy design or it's surveillance by design.

  3. Albert Einstein:

    If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy furniture, let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies.

  4. Neil Alldredge:

    State Farm is just not in the economic interest of the insurer to have a car go in and out of an auto body shop three or four times to get State Farm right, and so the notion that somehow this is meant to... do shoddy work or to encourage the idea that we have to get it done quickly and move on to the next one really isn't in the insurance company's economic interest.

  5. Kari Lake:

    They wanted the MAGA movement to go away, and that's why they pushed the shoddy, shady, corrupt election on us. They wanted MAGA and everything President President Trump stood for to go away.

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