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.
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.
Shabby treatment of guests.
A shabby offering.
The fellow arrived looking rather shabby after journeying so far.
Origin of shabby
- From obsolete shab scab from Middle English schab from Old English sceabb
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From shab (“scab") +"Ž -y, or directly from an alteration of scabby. Cognate with Scots shabby (“in poor health, ill"), Dutch schabbig (“poor, needy, shabby"), Middle Low German schabbich (“miserable"), German schÃ¤big (“shabby"), Swedish skabbig (“scabby"), Swedish sjabbig (“shabby, mangy, scruffy").