Definition of shoddy in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈʃɒdi

adjective (shoddier, shoddiest)


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  • 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.



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  • 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?


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  • 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.

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