Definition of shabby in English:

shabby

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃabi
 
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adjective (shabbier, shabbiest)

Derivatives

shabbily

adverb
More example sentences
  • He was sensitive enough to recognize that racism was an anti-American outrage, proud enough never to accept it, and financially successful enough to live out his autumn years in the same town that once treated him so shabbily.
  • We had also gone to the Centre with a begging bowl, but were shabbily treated.
  • While the police exhibited a great nervousness about what appeared to be a few shabbily dressed kids making vague assertions, the kids were amazingly at ease, at one point getting up to dance and sing.

shabbiness

noun
More example sentences
  • Great art is a celebration: ‘The perfection and beauty of form rebels against the ugliness and shabbiness of the subject matter.’
  • It has a certain shabbiness now, and that's unfortunate as it is only a very small proportion of the population which makes it that way.
  • Some of its most loyal clients have taken their productions elsewhere, complaining of its general shabbiness.

Origin

mid 17th century: from dialect shab 'scab' (from a Germanic base meaning 'itch') + -y1.

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