What does shoddy mean?

Definitions for shoddyˈʃɒd i

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word shoddy.

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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Citizen Lab:

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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