Shoddy Shod"dy, n. [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.] 1. A fibrous material obtained by ``deviling,'' or tearing into fibers, refuse woolen goods, old stockings, rags, druggets, etc. See {Mungo}. [1913 Webster]

2. Fluffy, fibrous waste from wool carding, worsted spinning, or weaving of woolens. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

3. A fabric of inferior quality made of, or containing a large amount of, shoddy. [1913 Webster]

Note: The great quantity of shoddy goods furnished as army supplies in the late Civil War in the United States gave wide currency to the word, and it came to be applied to persons who pretend to a higher position in society than that to which their breeding or worth entitles them; this term is now (1997) rarely used in that sense. [1913 Webster +PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Shoddy — (Kunstwolle, Mungo), Wolle aus gereinigten Wollumpen, dient zur Herstellung wenig haltbarer Gewebe; s.a. Seidenshoddy, S. 44 …   Lexikon der gesamten Technik

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  • shoddy — index inferior (lower in quality), poor (inferior in quality), tawdry Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • shoddy — 1862, having a delusive appearance of high quality, from earlier noun meaning wool made of woolen waste, old rags, etc. (1832), of uncertain origin …   Etymology dictionary

  • shoddy — [adj] in bad shape base, broken down, cheap, cheesy*, common, dilapidated, dingy, discreditable, disgraceful, dishonorable, disreputable, gaudy, ignominious, inferior, inglorious, junky, makeshift, mean, not up to snuff*, paltry, plastic, poor,… …   New thesaurus

  • shoddy — ► ADJECTIVE (shoddier, shoddiest) 1) badly made or done. 2) lacking moral principle; sordid. ► NOUN ▪ an inferior yarn or fabric made from shredded woollen waste. DERIVATIVES shoddily adverb shoddiness …   English terms dictionary

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