Shoddy refers to poor materials or quality. Maybe you passed on buying a house because it leaned in an odd way and various and sundry parts were falling off. Sounds like both the materials and workmanship were shoddy.

Shoddy originally referred to something that looked high-quality but wasn’t. Later, a certain type of cloth made with leftover pieces and rags was called a shoddy. While shoddy often refers to materials or workmanship, questionable ethics can also be referred to as shoddy, as in the shoddy principles of a slumlord or the shoddy morals of someone who steals from their friends.

Definitions of shoddy

adj of inferior workmanship and materials

wanting in physical strength

adj cheap and shoddy

cheapjack, tawdry
of low or inferior quality

adj designed to deceive or mislead either deliberately or inadvertently

shoddy business practices”
deceptive, misleading
dishonest, dishonorable
deceptive or fraudulent; disposed to cheat or defraud or deceive

n reclaimed wool fiber

Type of:
fiber sheared from animals (such as sheep) and twisted into yarn for weaving

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