The definition of shabby is something that appears run-down or worn-out.adjective
- An example of something shabby is a hotel that is old and badly-maintained.
- An example of shabby is a shirt with holes and stains.
Shabby means unfair or low-quality.adjective
- An example of something shabby is saying someone didn't do a good job after they were told to stop working long before the deadline.
- An example of something shabby is a badly made basket.
- run-down; dilapidated; deteriorated: shabby surroundings
- showing much wear; ragged; threadbare: said of clothing
- wearing such clothing; seedy
- beggarly; unworthy: a shabby offering
- disgraceful; shameful: shabby treatment of guests
Origin: < dial. shab, scab, scoundrel < OE sceabb, scab, scale: see scab
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adjective shab·bi·er, shab·bi·est
- a. Showing signs of wear and tear; threadbare or worn-out: shabby furniture.b. Dilapidated or deteriorated in condition, especially through neglect; seedy: a shabby little park.
- Wearing threadbare clothing.
- a. Despicable; mean: a shabby trick.b. Not generous or just; unfair: shabby treatment.c. Of mediocre or substandard quality: a shabby performance.
Origin: From obsolete shab, scab, from Middle English schab, from Old English sceabb.
- shabˈbi·ly adverb
- shabˈbi·ness noun