Definition of shabby
1 : clothed with worn or seedy garments a shabby hobo
2a : threadbare and faded from wear a shabby sofab : ill-kept : dilapidated a shabby neighborhood
3a : mean, despicable, contemptible must feel shabby … because of his compromises — Nat Hentoffb : ungenerous, unfair laments the shabby way in which this country often treated a poet — Paul Englec : 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.
Recent Examples of shabby from the Web
The opening acts (Heshima Moja, Kris Allen, Matt and Atla DeChamplain and others) aren't shabby either.
By mid-month, the planet is slightly less luminous at -4.3 magnitude — which ain’t too shabby.
The balmy weather and brilliant coastal beaches added their own charms, and the shabby baubles and ticky-tacky architecture of modern industrial tourism were born.
In the shabby hotel room, an itinerant preacher has come to the end of the road.
The specs aren’t too shabby either, although everything is based on last year’s standards.
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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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