Shabby
Shabby Shab"by, a. [Compar. {Shabbier}; superl. {Shabbiest}.] [See {Shab}, n., {Scabby}, and {Scab}.] 1. Torn or worn to rage; poor; mean; ragged. [1913 Webster]

Wearing shabby coats and dirty shirts. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. Clothed with ragged, much worn, or soiled garments. ``The dean was so shabby.'' --Swift. [1913 Webster]

3. Mean; paltry; despicable; as, shabby treatment. ``Very shabby fellows.'' --Clarendon. [1913 Webster]


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  • shabby — 1 Shabby, dilapidated, dingy, faded, seedy, threadbare refer to the appearance of persons and of things and mean showing signs of wear and tear. Shabby applies to persons and places and suggests a lack of freshness or newness in those items that… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • shabby — [shab′ē] adj. shabbier, shabbiest [< dial. shab, scab, scoundrel < OE sceabb, scab, scale: see SCAB] 1. run down; dilapidated; deteriorated [shabby surroundings] 2. a) showing much wear; ragged; threadbare: said of clothing b) wearing such… …   English World dictionary

  • shabby — (adj.) 1660s, from shab scab (now only dialectal, in reference to a disease of sheep), from O.E. sceabb (see SCAB (Cf. scab)), with sound change as described in SH (Cf. sh ). Cf. M.Du. schabbich, Ger. schäbig shabby. Shabby genteel run down but… …   Etymology dictionary

  • shabby — [adj1] broken down; in poor shape bare, bedraggled, crummy, decayed, decaying, decrepit, degenerated, desolate, deteriorated, deteriorating, dilapidated, dingy, disfigured, disreputable, dog eared*, faded, frayed, gone to seed*, mangy, meager,… …   New thesaurus

  • shabby — ► ADJECTIVE (shabbier, shabbiest) 1) worn out or dilapidated. 2) dressed in old or worn clothes. 3) mean and unfair: a shabby trick. DERIVATIVES shabbily adverb shabbiness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • shabby — index decadent, dilapidated, inferior (lower in quality), penurious, poor (inferior in quality), slipshod Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • shabby — UK [ˈʃæbɪ] / US adjective Word forms shabby : adjective shabby comparative shabbier superlative shabbiest 1) a) old and in bad condition shabby clothes/furniture/buildings b) dressed in clothes that are old or in bad condition The children were… …   English dictionary

  • shabby — [[t]ʃæ̱bi[/t]] shabbier, shabbiest 1) ADJ GRADED Shabby things or places look old and in bad condition. His clothes were old and shabby... He walked past her into a tiny, shabby room. ...one of the shabbiest and poorest areas of London. Syn:… …   English dictionary

  • shabby — shab|by [ ʃæbi ] adjective 1. ) old and in bad condition: shabby clothes/furniture/buildings a ) dressed in clothes that are old or in bad condition: The children were all so shabby and hungry. feel shabby: Linda felt shabby standing next to… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • shabby — adjective (shabbier; est) Etymology: obsolete English shab a low fellow Date: 1669 1. clothed with worn or seedy garments < a shabby hobo > 2. a. threadbare and faded from wear < a shabby sofa > b. ill kept …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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