Definitions for: Shoddy

[n] reclaimed wool fiber
[adj] of inferior workmanship and materials; "mean little jerry-built houses"
[adj] cheap and shoddy; "cheapjack moviemaking...that feeds on the low taste of the mob"- Judith Crist

Webster (1913) Definition: Shod"dy, n. [Perh. akin to 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
Fluffy, fibrous waste from wool carding, worsted spinning, or
weaving of woolens.

Shod"dy, n. [Perhaps fr. Shed, v. t.; as meaning
originally, waste stuff shedor thrown off.]
1. A fibrous material obtained by ``deviling,'' or tearing
into fibers, refuse woolen goods, old stockings, rags,
druggets, etc. See Mungo.

2. A fabric of inferior quality made of, or containing a
large amount of, shoddy.

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.

Shod"dy, a.
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. --Compton

Synonyms: cheapjack, inferior, jerry-built, tawdry, weak

See Also: wool

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