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The word ‘shoddy’ can be used in a couple of different ways. Firstly, it can refer to something made or done badly, particularly in relation to goods or construction work. Secondly, it can be used to express something vulgar, unfair, or dishonest. In both contexts, it is employed in a disapproving manner.
The builders agreed to come back and redo the work after I made it clear that I would not pay for shoddy workmanship.
The newspaper article was based on scurrilous rumours and hearsay. It was such shoddy journalism!
I sent the goods back to the manufacturer because they had clearly been made shoddily.
By shedding light on the shoddiness of the police investigation, the lawyer secured an acquittal for her client.