Definition of shoddy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃɒdi/

adjective (shoddier, shoddiest)

1Badly made or done: we’re not paying good money for shoddy goods
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  • Describing me, he refers to my shoddy suit and badly scuffed shoes.
  • Even then, homeowners often complain of shoddy workmanship.
  • We can't say much about your shoddy workmanship, your poor literacy skills or your goldfish-like imagination.
informal tacky, tatty, junky
British informal ropy, duff, rubbish, grotty
careless, slapdash, sloppy, slipshod, scrappy, untidy, messy, hasty, hurried, negligent, cursory
1.1Lacking moral principle; sordid: a shoddy misuse of the honours system
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  • That, given sufficient publicity some kind of audience will appeal for almost any event, no matter how shoddy or potentially immoral.
  • Historically, it has a shoddy pedigree of corruption and death.
  • David thinks it's time to tear up the PC rule book and pull black men up on their shoddy behaviour.


[mass noun]
An inferior quality yarn or fabric made from the shredded fibre of waste woollen cloth or clippings: the production of shoddy and mattress stuffing
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  • There are cotton shoddy mats and foams and absorbers.
  • Replacing cotton shoddy with this new fiber may help auto makers avoid the issue.



Pronunciation: /ˈʃɒdɪli/
Example sentences
  • Drab high-rise, shoddily constructed buildings in poorly designed developments have shot up everywhere.
  • The teachers at the school feel they have been treated shoddily and are concerned about finding future employment in the city.
  • And why should the human reproductive system be so shoddily designed?


Pronunciation: /ˈʃɒdɪnəs/
Example sentences
  • That undermines the value of the work, not for dishonesty, but shoddiness.
  • What makes her work worthy of coverage when work of equivalent shoddiness and offensiveness is regarded as absolutely off-limits?
  • Even in those cases where the Police may not be involved, the shoddiness and incompetence demonstrated makes it difficult to retain any respect for the Police.


Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with shoddy

body, embody, Irrawaddy, Kirkcaldy, noddy, Passamaquoddy, Soddy, squaddie, toddy, wadi

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