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


Full Definition of SHABBY

:  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>
a :  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 \ˈsha-bə-lē\ adverb
shab·bi·ness \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


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