Shabby meaning

shăbē
The definition of shabby is something that appears run-down or worn-out.

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.

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Shabby means unfair or low-quality.

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.

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Disgraceful; shameful.

Shabby treatment of guests.

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Beggarly; unworthy.

A shabby offering.

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Wearing threadbare clothing.
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They lived in a tiny apartment, with some old, shabby furniture.

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Clothed with ragged, much worn, or soiled garments.

The fellow arrived looking rather shabby after journeying so far.

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Shabby treatment.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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Run-down; dilapidated; deteriorated.

Shabby surroundings.

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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 schäbig (“shabby"), Swedish skabbig (“scabby"), Swedish sjabbig (“shabby, mangy, scruffy").

    From Wiktionary