Other Word Forms of Shabby
Origin of Shabby
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 obsolete shab scab from Middle English schab from Old English sceabb
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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