Definition of shoddy in English:


adjectiveshoddier, shoddiest

  • 1Badly made or done.

    ‘we're not paying good money for shoddy goods’
    • ‘Over the years, players were not recognised for their contributions and complained of shoddy treatment.’
    • ‘Letters to the editor and corrections are big black holes into which complaints about shoddy journalism disappear.’
    • ‘I love all kinds of films, except the plotless kind with unconvincing acting, shoddy editing and duff music played on synths.’
    • ‘The preferred option being presented by the borough council is a shoddy deal.’
    • ‘We can't say much about your shoddy workmanship, your poor literacy skills or your goldfish-like imagination.’
    • ‘Those interests may be ill-informed, based on shoddy reasoning or false axioms, but none of that matters.’
    • ‘The report was, in short, an incredibly shoddy piece of work.’
    • ‘They're not the rather shoddy efforts that are made today.’
    • ‘Verbal aggression, insulting and rude behaviour, disregard for the rights of others, petty thieving and shoddy work were the norms.’
    • ‘They are the ones who need to apologize for such biased and shoddy work.’
    • ‘It is abhorrent and deplorable both in its shoddy journalism and blatant personal assault on our artists.’
    • ‘Many years of shoddy work has resulted in the pathetic shape of city roads.’
    • ‘Many experts believe the toll would have been lower but for shoddy construction, corruption and government incompetence.’
    • ‘If they don't act, they get accused of tolerating racism and shoddy intellectual thinking.’
    • ‘Even then, homeowners often complain of shoddy workmanship.’
    • ‘Contractors in connivance with corrupt officials do shoddy work deliberately, so that they get a fresh contract soon for the job.’
    • ‘And get chummy with your local building inspector, whose job it is to spot shoddy workmanship.’
    • ‘Describing me, he refers to my shoddy suit and badly scuffed shoes.’
    • ‘Unfortunately the problem of shoddy workmanship continues even today.’
    • ‘Corrupt authorities also gave permits for shoddy housing and other construction in the riverbed, enriching individual contractors at the expense of public safety.’
    poor-quality, inferior, second-rate, third-rate, low-grade, cheap, cheapjack, tawdry, rubbishy, trashy, gimcrack, jerry-built, crude, tinny
    careless, slapdash, sloppy, slipshod, scrappy, untidy, messy, hasty, hurried, negligent, cursory
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    1. 1.1 Lacking moral principle; sordid.
      ‘a shoddy misuse of the honours system’
      • ‘Rather an abuse of parliamentary privilege to achieve a cheap and shoddy pay back for his mates.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In short, while the proposal may have merit, the method of proposing it has been downright shoddy.’
      • ‘David thinks it's time to tear up the PC rule book and pull black men up on their shoddy behaviour.’
      • ‘Moreover, because everything was so public, the authorities began to look pretty shoddy.’
      • ‘We're not going to have the Government use shoddy, tawdry little tricks to drum up the notion of fear and then fail on competence.’
      sordid, improper, low, mean, bad, wrong, evil, wicked, iniquitous, immoral, sinful
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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’
    • ‘There are cotton shoddy mats and foams and absorbers.’
    • ‘Replacing cotton shoddy with this new fiber may help auto makers avoid the issue.’


Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.