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shabby

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃabi
 
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Definition of shabby in English:

adjective (shabbier, shabbiest)

1In poor condition through long use or lack of care: a conscript in a shabby uniform saluted the car
More example sentences
  • Yet their fictional lives are placed in direct contrast with their shabby and poor surroundings.
  • Regardless of the kitchen's shabby condition, this was home to Isis.
  • They were in shabby condition, having fallen into disrepair.
Synonyms
run down, down at heel, scruffy, uncared-for, neglected, dilapidated, in disrepair, ramshackle, tumbledown;
dingy, seedy, slummy, insalubrious, squalid, sordid, mean, wretched, miserable
informal crummy, scuzzy, tacky, grungy, shambly, beat-up
British informal grotty
North American informal shacky
1.1Dressed in old or worn clothes: a shabby fellow in slippers and an undershirt
More example sentences
  • There was an aura of displacement about him, I felt, and it wasn't because of his ragged clothes or the shabby appearance.
  • She's a shabby infant among lawyers clad in immaculate coal-coloured, pleated robes.
  • Confucius said, ‘Lavishness leads to arrogance, frugality leads to shabbiness, but it is better to be shabby than arrogant’.
2(Of behaviour) mean and unfair: Snooping, was he? That’s a shabby trick
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  • Finally, on the biographical debit side there are the usual miscellaneous acts of thoughtlessness, rudeness and generally shabby behaviour.
  • This was, I find, a piece of calculatedly shabby behaviour by which he hoped he might seize some tactical advantage over Mrs Ellis.
  • ‘Their increasingly shabby treatment of people like me is one of the reasons their results are in a tailspin,’ said my friend.
Synonyms
informal rotten, low-down, hateful
British informal beastly
vulgar slang shitty
archaic scurvy

Origin

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

Derivatives

shabbily

1
adverb
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

2
noun
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.

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