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shabby

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adjective shab·by \ˈsha-bē\

Simple Definition of shabby

  • : in poor condition especially because of age or use

  • : dressed in clothes that are old and worn

  • : not fair, generous, or reasonable

Full Definition of shabby

shab·bi·ershab·bi·est

  1. 1 :  clothed with worn or seedy garments <a shabby hobo>

  2. 2a :  threadbare and faded from wear <a shabby sofa>b :  ill-kept :  dilapidated <a shabby neighborhood>

  3. 3a :  mean, despicable, contemptible <must feel shabby…because of his compromises — Nat Hentoff>b :  ungenerous, unfair <laments the shabby way in which this country often treated a poet — Paul Engle>c :  inferior in quality <shabby reasoning>

shab·bi·ly play \ˈsha-bə-lē\ adverb
shab·bi·ness play \ˈsha-bē-nəs\ noun

Examples of shabby

  1. The furniture was old and shabby.

  2. He wore a shabby coat.

  3. Her first apartment was pretty shabby.

  4. They complained about the shabby treatment they received at the hotel.

  5. Backing out of the deal was a shabby thing to do.



Origin of shabby

obsolete English shab a low fellow


First Known Use: 1669

Rhymes with shabby




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