Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Shoddy material, as for the construction of standardized housing.
  • adjective Made of shoddy material; cheaply built.
  • adjective Marked by a mediocre uniformity of appearance or style.
  • adjective Tawdry; tacky.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun US Cheap, low-quality building material, especially as that used to make conventional suburban housing of a uniform design
  • adjective US Made of this material

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[ Reduplication of tacky.]

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