American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Made of or containing inferior material.
- adj. Of poor quality or craft.
- adj. Rundown; shabby.
- adj. Dishonest or reprehensible: shoddy business practices.
- adj. Conspicuously and cheaply imitative.
- n. Woolen yarn made from scraps or used clothing, with some new wool added.
- n. Cloth made from or containing such yarn.
- n. Something of inferior quality; a cheap imitation.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A woolen material felted together, composed of old woolen cloth torn into shreds, the rejected threads from the weaving of finer cloths, and the like. Com-pare mungo.
- n. The inferior cloth made from this substance; hence, any unsubstantial and almost worthless goods. The large amount of shoddy in the clothing furnished by contractors for the Union soldiers in the earlier part of the American civil war gave the word a sudden prominence. The wealth obtained by these contractors and the resulting ambition of some of them for social prominence caused shoddy (especially as an adjective) to be applied to those who on account of lately acquired wealth aspire to a social position higher than that to which their birth or breeding entitles them.
- n. A person or thing combining assumption of superior excellence with actual inferiority; pretense; sham; vulgar assumption.
- Made of shoddy: as, shoddy cloth. Hence Of a trashy or inferior character: as, shoddy literature.
- Pretending to an excellence not possessed; pretentious; sham; counterfeit; ambitious for prominence or influence not deserved by character or breeding, but aspired to on account of newly acquired wealth: as, a shoddy aristocracy. See I., 2.
- To convert into shoddy.
- adj. Being of poor quality or construction
- n. A low-grade cloth made from by-products of wool processing, or from recycled wool.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A fibrous material obtained by “deviling,” or tearing into fibers, refuse woolen goods, old stockings, rags, druggets, etc. See mungo.
- n. Fluffy, fibrous waste from wool carding, worsted spinning, or weaving of woolens.
- n. A fabric of inferior quality made of, or containing a large amount of, shoddy.
- adj. Made wholly or in part of shoddy; containing shoddy; ; hence, colloquially, not genuine; sham; pretentious.
- adj. of poor quality or inferior workmanship.
- adj. visibly worn or damaged from use; shabby.
- adj. designed to deceive or mislead either deliberately or inadvertently
- n. reclaimed wool fiber
- adj. of inferior workmanship and materials
- adj. cheap and shoddy
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“She said it went to 'shoddy yards' - that's where the phrase shoddy clothing comes from - which were in Dewsbury.”
“He says earlier reports from the U.S. had been based on what he called shoddy intelligence.”
“In two of the cases, Justice Stevens lashed out at the court's failure to condemn what he called shoddy work by defense lawyers in death penalty cases.”
“To illustrate their points, they included snapshots of singed power cables, partially torn-off sections of paneling and defective parts of thrust nozzles in the engines as evidence of what they described as a shoddy work ethic at Airbus and its suppliers.”
“I really am just complaining because i'd love to reduce my bills but my windows are so flippin shoddy and windows are so expensive. soldstatic ester”
“But if, as appears to be the case, the overwhelming majority of homeowners facing foreclosure have fallen far behind on their payments, then it is a good deal harder to summon up the same moral outrage over reports that the banks and loan service companies cut corners, failed to keep the right documents and engaged in shoddy and even fraudulent practices.”
“One of the reasons I consider the Blackboard software shoddy is the message-board module, [...]”
“One of the reasons I consider the Blackboard software shoddy is the message-board module, which positively repels usage.”
“But whatever the author is trying to say about friendship, aging, and habit, it's too meager a reward for struggling through vague, drifting, now-you-see-it-now-you-don't plotlines, sentences beginning with "know" and plain shoddy writing.”
“The city comptroller’s office uncovered what it described as shoddy recordkeeping, suspicious real estate deals and auctions run by a shadowy company that vanished when auditors started asking questions.”
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