Shabby Definition

shăbē
shabbier, shabbiest
adjective
shabbier, shabbiest
Run-down; dilapidated; deteriorated.
Shabby surroundings.
Webster's New World
Showing much wear; ragged; threadbare.
Webster's New World
Wearing such clothing; seedy.
Webster's New World
Beggarly; unworthy.
A shabby offering.
Webster's New World
Disgraceful; shameful.
Shabby treatment of guests.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
honorablerespectabledecentnicegoodin good condition
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Other Word Forms of Shabby

Adjective

Base Form:
shabby
Comparative:
shabbier
Superlative:
shabbiest

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 Wiktionary

  • 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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