Definition of shabby
1 : clothed with worn or seedy garments <a shabby hobo>
2a : threadbare and faded from wear <a shabby sofa>b : ill-kept : dilapidated <a shabby neighborhood>
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>
shabbilyplay \ˈsha-bə-lē\ adverb
shabbinessplay \ˈsha-bē-nəs\ noun
Examples of shabby in a sentence
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 and Etymology of shabby
obsolete English shab a low fellow
First Known Use: 1669
SHABBY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of shabby for Students
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.>
shabbily\ˈsha-bə-lē\ adverb <shabbily dressed>
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