shoddy

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
  1. adjective
    of inferior workmanship and materials
    synonyms: jerry-built
    weak
    wanting in physical strength
  2. adjective
    cheap and shoddy
    synonyms: cheapjack, tawdry
    inferior
    of low or inferior quality
  3. adjective
    designed to deceive or mislead either deliberately or inadvertently
    shoddy business practices”
    synonyms: deceptive, misleading
    dishonest, dishonorable
    deceptive or fraudulent; disposed to cheat or defraud or deceive
  4. noun
    reclaimed wool fiber
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    type of:
    wool
    fiber sheared from animals (such as sheep) and twisted into yarn for weaving
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