shab·by adjective \ˈsha-bē\
: in poor condition especially because of age or use
: dressed in clothes that are old and worn
: not fair, generous, or reasonable
: clothed with worn or seedy garments <a shabby hobo>
a : threadbare and faded from wear <a shabby sofa>
b : ill-kept : dilapidated <a shabby neighborhood>
Examples of SHABBY
- The furniture was old and shabby.
- He wore a shabby coat.
- Her first apartment was pretty shabby.
- They complained about the shabby treatment they received at the hotel.
- Backing out of the deal was a shabby thing to do.
Origin of SHABBY
obsolete English shab
a low fellow
First Known Use: 1669
Related to SHABBY
- beat-up, bombed-out, dilapidated, dog-eared, down-at-the-heels (or down-at-heel also down-at-the-heel or down-at-heels), dumpy, grungy, mangy, mean, miserable, moth-eaten, neglected, ratty, run-down, scrubby, scruffy, seedy, sleazy, tacky, tatterdemalion, tatty, threadbare, timeworn, tumbledown, gone to seed
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