adjective (shabbier, shabbiest)
- 1In poor condition through long use or lack of care: a conscript in a shabby uniform saluted the carMore example sentences
run down, down at heel, scruffy, uncared-for, neglected, dilapidated, in disrepair, ramshackle, tumbledown; dingy, seedy, slummy, insalubrious, squalid, sordid, mean, wretched, miserableBritish • informal grottyNorth American • informal shacky
- 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.
- 1.1Dressed in old or worn clothes: a shabby fellow in slippers and an undershirtMore 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 trickMore example sentences
contemptible, despicable, dishonourable, disreputable, discreditable, mean, mean-spirited, base, low, dirty, shameful, sorry, ignoble, unfair, unworthy, ungenerous, unkind, ungentlemanly, cheap, shoddy, unpleasant, nastyBritish • informal beastly• vulgar slang shitty• archaic scurvy
- 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.
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- 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.
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- 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.
mid 17th century: from dialect shab 'scab' (from a Germanic base meaning 'itch') + -y1.