shabby

  • 1 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… …

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  • 2 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,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 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

  • 4 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… …

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  • 5 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,… …

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  • 6 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 …

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

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  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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 …

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  • 12 shabby — shabbily, adv. shabbiness, n. /shab ee/, adj., shabbier, shabbiest. 1. impaired by wear, use, etc.; worn: shabby clothes. 2. showing conspicuous signs of wear or neglect: The rooms on the upper floors of the mansion had a rather shabby appearance …

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  • 13 shabby — shab|by [ˈʃæbi] adj [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: shab scab, worthless man (11 19 centuries), from Old English sceabb scab ] 1.) shabby clothes, places, or objects are untidy and in bad condition because they have been used for a long time ▪ Hugh s… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 shabby — adjective 1 untidy and in a bad condition from being used for a long time: a shabby suit | shabby hotel rooms 2 wearing clothes that are old and worn: a shabby tramp 3 unfair and unkind: That s a shabby way to treat someone. | a shabby trick… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 shabby — adjective 1) a shabby little bar Syn: run down, down at heel, down at the heel(s), scruffy, dilapidated, ramshackle, tumbledown; seedy, slummy, insalubrious, squalid, sordid, flea bitten; informal crummy, scuzzy, raggedy ass …

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  • 16 shabby — adjective 1) a shabby little bar Syn: run down, scruffy, dilapidated, squalid, sordid; informal crummy; Brit.; informal grotty; N.Amer.; informal shacky 2) a shabby grey coat Syn …

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  • 17 shabby — /ˈʃæbi / (say shabee) adjective (shabbier, shabbiest) 1. having the appearance impaired by wear, use, etc.: shabby clothes. 2. wearing worn clothes; seedy. 3. making a poor appearance. 4. meanly ungenerous or unfair; contemptible, as persons,… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 18 shabby — adjective /ˈʃæb.i/ a) Torn or worn; poor; mean; ragged. They lived in a tiny apartment, with some old, shabby furniture. b) Clothed with ragged, much worn, or soiled garments. The fellow arrived looking rather shabby after journeying so far …

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  • 19 shabby — [ˈʃæbi] adj 1) old and in bad condition shabby clothes/furniture/buildings[/ex] 2) not fair or honest the government s shabby treatment of trade unions[/ex] shabbily adv …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 20 shabby — adj. Shabby is used with these nouns: ↑apartment, ↑clothes, ↑flat, ↑house, ↑room, ↑treatment …

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