shabby

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adjective shab·by \ˈsha-bē\

Definition of shabby

shabbier

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shabbiest

  1. 1 :  clothed with worn or seedy garments a shabby hobo

  2. 2a :  threadbare and faded from wear a shabby sofab :  ill-kept :  dilapidated a shabby neighborhood

  3. 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

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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