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shabby

adjective shab·by \ˈsha-bē\

: in poor condition especially because of age or use

: dressed in clothes that are old and worn

: not fair, generous, or reasonable

shab·bi·ershab·bi·est

Full Definition of SHABBY

1
:  clothed with worn or seedy garments <a shabby hobo>
2
a :  threadbare and faded from wear <a shabby sofa>
b :  ill-kept :  dilapidated <a shabby neighborhood>
3
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
SHABBIEST Defined for Kids

shabby

adjective shab·by \ˈsha-bē\
shab·bi·ershab·bi·est

Definition of SHABBY for Kids

1
:  faded and worn from use or wear <shabby clothes>
2
:  in poor condition :  dilapidated <a shabby house>
3
:  dressed in worn clothes
4
:  not fair or generous <We received shabby treatment.>
shab·bi·ly \ˈsha-bə-lē\ adverb <shabbily dressed>
shab·bi·ness \ˈsha-bē-nəs\ noun

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