• WordNet 3.6
    • adj shoddy designed to deceive or mislead either deliberately or inadvertently "the deceptive calm in the eye of the storm","deliberately deceptive packaging","a misleading similarity","statistics can be presented in ways that are misleading","shoddy business practices"
    • adj shoddy of inferior workmanship and materials "mean little jerry-built houses"
    • adj shoddy cheap and shoddy "cheapjack moviemaking...that feeds on the low taste of the mob"- Judith Crist"
    • n shoddy reclaimed wool fiber
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Shoddy A fabric of inferior quality made of, or containing a large amount of, shoddy.
    • Shoddy A fibrous material obtained by “deviling,” or tearing into fibers, refuse woolen goods, old stockings, rags, druggets, etc. See Mungo.
    • Shoddy Fluffy, fibrous waste from wool carding, worsted spinning, or weaving of woolens.
    • Shoddy Made wholly or in part of shoddy; containing shoddy; as, shoddy cloth; shoddy blankets; hence, colloquially, not genuine; sham; pretentious; as, shoddy aristocracy. "Shoddy inventions designed to bolster up a factitious pride."
    • Shoddy of poor quality or inferior workmanship.
    • Shoddy visibly worn or damaged from use; shabby.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n shoddy A woolen material felted together, composed of old woolen cloth torn into shreds, the rejected threads from the weaving of finer cloths, and the like. Com-pare mungo.
    • n shoddy The inferior cloth made from this substance; hence, any unsubstantial and almost worthless goods. The large amount of shoddy in the clothing furnished by contractors for the Union soldiers in the earlier part of the American civil war gave the word a sudden prominence. The wealth obtained by these contractors and the resulting ambition of some of them for social prominence caused shoddy (especially as an adjective) to be applied to those who on account of lately acquired wealth aspire to a social position higher than that to which their birth or breeding entitles them.
    • n shoddy A person or thing combining assumption of superior excellence with actual inferiority; pretense; sham; vulgar assumption.
    • shoddy Made of shoddy: as, shoddy cloth. Hence Of a trashy or inferior character: as, shoddy literature.
    • shoddy Pretending to an excellence not possessed; pretentious; sham; counterfeit; ambitious for prominence or influence not deserved by character or breeding, but aspired to on account of newly acquired wealth: as, a shoddy aristocracy. See I., 2.
    • shoddy To convert into shoddy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Shoddy shod′i (orig.) the waste arising from the manufacture of wool: now applied to the wool of old woven fabrics reduced to the state in which it was before being spun and woven, and thus fit for remanufacture: the inferior cloth made from this substance: worthless goods:
    • adj Shoddy made of shoddy: inferior, trashy: pretentious, sham, counterfeit: ambitious by reason of newly-acquired wealth
    • n Shoddy shod′i (coll.) pretence, sham, vulgar and baseless assumption
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  • George W. Crane
    George W. Crane
    “Language is the apparel in which your thoughts parade before the public. Never clothe them in vulgar or shoddy attire.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Perhaps fr. Shed (v. t.); as meaning originally, waste stuff shed, or thrown off; cf. dial. shod, to shed, and E. Shed a parting, separation, Shode a parting
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Shed, to part—A.S. sceádan, to part.


In literature:

Before that object lesson of real youth Sears' fictitious imitation seemed cheap and shoddy.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
That clothing is almost always cotton and shoddy.
"Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled" by Hudson Stuck
The General had better enter into partnership with some shoddy contractor, if he intends giving orders of this kind.
"Red-Tape and Pigeon-Hole Generals" by William H. Armstrong
We wouldn't be shoddy enough to turn down a friend, would we, Eva?
"The Torch Bearer" by I. T. Thurston
The following are the most important substitutes: noils, shoddy, mungo, extract-wool, and flocks.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
Statesmen, government contractors, and shoddy politicians haunted hotel lobbies and restaurants.
"The Lost Despatch" by Natalie Sumner Lincoln
People seem to be losing their nerve; reality shocks them, and they live slothfully in the shoddy palaces of Sham Ideals.
"The Hero" by William Somerset Maugham
Shoddy is by no means a very valuable manure.
"Manures and the principles of manuring" by Charles Morton Aikman
There isn't a bit of shoddy in you, Joe.
"Baseball Joe Around the World" by Lester Chadwick
Once a year there was a distribution of cheap blankets and shoddy clothing.
"The Indian Today" by Charles A. Eastman
There was the usual Saturday afternoon crowd, jostling on the shoddy thoroughfare.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, July 1908." by Various
And he slipped one thin, freckled hand ostentatiously under his coat of shoddy summer tweed.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
The curtains and costumes are of fine material, nothing shoddy or cheap about it.
"Birdseye Views of Far Lands" by James T. Nichols
I may state, in passing, that it was during the Civil War that the word "shoddy" was coined.
"As I Remember" by Marian Gouverneur
He rubbed a shoddy coat-sleeve across his eyes and straightened his stooped shoulders.
"When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry" by Charles Neville Buck
I'll make Master Morrison play the shoddy-devil in his Yorkshire mill for something.
"A Double Knot" by George Manville Fenn
In those days when the Company had the country under their exclusive sway, no cheap, shoddy goods were imported in the trading forts.
"Canadian Wilds" by Martin Hunter
The whole shoddy scene?
"Project Daedalus" by Thomas Hoover
Dressed in the shoddy apparel, she felt she was masquerading, and not for the world would she now have been seen in the streets.
"The Song of Songs" by Hermann Sudermann
The shoddy dress struck her as a temporary masquerade; and nothing in the world would have induced her to wear it outside the house.
"The Song of Songs" by Hermann Sudermann

In poetry:

Who call him spurious and shoddy
Shall do it o'er my lifeless body.
I heartily invite such birds
To come outside and say those words!
"Charles Dickens" by Dorothy Parker
Starve thou the soul of the world,
Brother, as I the body !
Shall we not glut our lust
On these wretches whom Fate hath hurled
To a hell of jesus and shoddy,
Dung and ethics and dust ?
"The Twins" by Aleister Crowley
His manners wusn't in the grain,
His wool wus sorter shoddy;
His courage wus a poorish sort,
It hadn't got no body.
An' when he see'd old Spense, he shook
Es ef he'd see'd his gran'ma's spook.
"Old Spense" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
And there'd be some with pigtails, and some with buckled shoes,
And smocks and caps like pirates that sailors once did use,
And high sea-boots and oilskins and tarry dungaree,
And shoddy suits men sold them when they came fresh from sea.
"Ghosts In Deptford" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

This time, West Virginia's shoddy defense was too much for Geno Smith to overcome.
Crews started moving part of the Shoddy Mill and Warehouse Thursday.
Around 50 nursing students at Howard University picketed Tuesday, protesting the shoddy education they say they've been receiving for years, the Hilltop reports.
17 Banks Being Sued By The FHFA Over Shoddy Mortgages.
A debate rages over preserving the awe-inspiring, 350-year-old monument that now shows signs of distress from pollution and shoddy repairs.
(AP) San Juan County in northwestern New Mexico is trying to get a handle shoddy septic tanks in unincorporated areas in hopes of preventing leaks into the groundwater.
Models Sue for ' Shoddy Accounting' at Top Agencies.
Shoddy and Nice Holiday Releases.
Lafayette City-Parish Government is suing contractors for millions of dollars, alleging they did " shoddy work" installing fiber optic lines.
Border Security Shoddy at Land Ports of Entry.
Bears not shoddy in sack department.
Shoddy Packers' defense lifts Jaguars into lead.
Bethel residents angry over shoddy contractor work.
Apple Apologizes for Shoddy Mapping App.
Seeks Chinese Compensation On Shoddy Drywall.