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adjective (NOT RESPECTFUL)    /ˈʃɒd.i/ US  /ˈʃɑː.di/ disapproving
showing little respect, thought, or care: They refused him sick pay when he was off ill, which is a shoddy way to treat an employee.Humiliating and degrading shoddily     /ˈʃɒd.ɪ.li/ US  /ˈʃɑː.dɪ-/ adverb These clothes are very shoddily made. I've been treated very shoddily by the company.Humiliating and degradingInformal words for badRubbish and wasteSerious and unpleasantNot of good quality shoddiness     /-nəs/ US  /ˈʃɑː.di-/ noun [U]
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