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Definition of the adjective shoddy

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Shoddy is one of the top 1000 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: more shoddy / shoddier | most shoddy / shoddiest

  1. made of inferior workmanship and materials
  2. unethical or dishonest

Alternative definition of the adjective shoddy


  1. Being of poor quality or construction

Definition of the noun shoddy

What does shoddy mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: shoddies

  1. reclaimed wool fiber
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • more generic word: wool = fiber sheared from animals (such as sheep) and twisted into yarn for weaving

Alternative definition of the noun shoddy


  1. A low-grade cloth made from by-products of wool processing, or from recycled wool.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for shoddy

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Google previewNew International Encyclopedia (1916)

Shoddy is wool recovered from woolen fabrics that are not heavily felted or milled . Mungo is made from fragments of felted or milled cloth, and the fibre is therefore shorter. These two terms, however, are often used with different meanings and ...

Google previewA technological dictionary of insurance chemistry (1899)

by William A. Harris

SHODDY AND MUNGO REFUSE.—Owing to the rapid oxidation of the oil, or oleine, ...

Google previewSocial Issues in America: An Encyclopedia (2015)

An Encyclopedia by James Ciment

®shoddy, ̄. now meaning inferior in quality, originally referred to cloth made from recycled material. As a result, by 1970, Americans were recycling little, buying mostly new products that required large quantities of energy and virgin raw ...

Google previewDictionary of Americanisms (1877)

A Glossary of Words and Phrases Usually Regarded as Peculiar to the United States by John Russell Bartlett

Shoddy ...

Google previewA Dictionary of European Anglicisms (2001)

A Usage Dictionary of Anglicisms in Sixteen European Languages by Manfred Görlach

shoddy n. ib 'a fibre made of old woollen cloth' The commodity was one of the common products of nineteenth-century industry, so much so that an industrialist nouveau riche was called a shoddy baron in German. However, the word ...

Google previewThe Wordsworth Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2001)

by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer


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He did not arrive at this conclusion by the decent process of quiet, logical deduction, nor yet by the blinding flash of glorious intuition, but by the shoddy, untidy process halfway between the two by which one usually gets to know things. (Margery Allingham)
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Scrabble value of S1H4O1D2D2Y4

The value of this 6-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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