Definition of shabby
- a shabby hobo
- a shabby sofa
- a shabby neighborhood
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.
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