shabby

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adjective shab·by \ˈsha-bē\

Definition of shabby

shabbier

shabbiest

  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>

shabbily

play \ˈsha-bə-lē\ adverb

shabbiness

play \ˈsha-bē-nəs\ noun

Examples of shabby in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of shabby

obsolete English shab a low fellow


First Known Use: 1669



SHABBY Defined for English Language Learners

shabby

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adjective shab·by \ˈsha-bē\

Definition of shabby for English Language Learners

  • : in poor condition especially because of age or use

  • : dressed in clothes that are old and worn

  • : not fair, generous, or reasonable


SHABBY Defined for Kids

shabby

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adjective shab·by \ˈsha-bē\

Definition of shabby for Students

shabbier

shabbiest

  1. 1 :  faded and worn from use or wear <shabby clothes>

  2. 2 :  in poor condition :  dilapidated <a shabby house>

  3. 3 :  dressed in worn clothes

  4. 4 :  not fair or generous <We received shabby treatment.>

shabbily

\ˈsha-bə-lē\ adverb <shabbily dressed>

shabbiness

\ˈsha-bē-nəs\ noun


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