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shab·by

 (shăb′ē)
adj. shab·bi·er, shab·bi·est
1.
a. Showing signs of wear and tear; threadbare or worn-out: shabby furniture.
b. Dilapidated or deteriorated in condition, especially through neglect; seedy: a shabby little park.
2. Wearing threadbare clothing.
3.
a. Despicable; mean: a shabby trick.
b. Not generous or just; unfair: shabby treatment.
c. Of mediocre or substandard quality.

[From obsolete shab, scab, from Middle English schab, from Old English sceabb.]

shab′bi·ly adv.
shab′bi·ness n.

shabby

(ˈʃæbɪ)
adj, -bier or -biest
1. threadbare or dilapidated in appearance
2. wearing worn and dirty clothes; seedy
3. mean, despicable, or unworthy: shabby treatment.
4. dirty or squalid
[C17: from Old English sceabb scab + -y1]
ˈshabbily adv
ˈshabbiness n

shab•by

(ˈʃæb i)

adj. -bi•er, -bi•est.
1. showing signs of wear or long use; worn.
2. wearing worn clothes or having a slovenly appearance.
3. run-down; dilapidated.
4. meanly ungenerous or unfair; contemptible: shabby behavior.
5. inferior; second-rate.
[1660–70; shab scab (Middle English; Old English sceabb)]
shab′bi•ly, adv.
shab′bi•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.shabby - showing signs of wear and tear; "a ratty old overcoat"; "shabby furniture"; "an old house with dirty windows and tatty curtains"
worn - affected by wear; damaged by long use; "worn threads on the screw"; "a worn suit"; "the worn pockets on the jacket"
2.shabby - mean and unworthy and despicable; "shabby treatment"
dishonorable, dishonourable - lacking honor or integrity; deserving dishonor; "dishonorable in thought and deed"

shabby

adjective
2. run-down, tatty, seedy, mean, neglected, scruffy, squalid, ramshackle, dilapidated, grotty (informal), tumbledown, insalubrious a rather shabby Naples hotel
3. mean, low, rotten (informal), cheap, dirty, shameful, low-down (informal), shoddy, unworthy, despicable, contemptible, scurvy, dishonourable, ignoble, ungentlemanly It was hard to know why the man deserved such shabby treatment.
mean fair, generous, worthy, honourable, praiseworthy

shabby

adjective
1. Showing signs of wear and tear or neglect:
Informal: tacky.
Slang: ratty.
Idioms: all the worse for wear, gone to pot, past cure.
Translations
بالٍدَنيء، خَسيسرَث، بالٍيَرْتَدي ثِيابا بالِيَه
chatrnýničemnýošuntělýzanedbaný
luvslidttarveligforhutlet
nuhruinen
otrcan
druslulegur, illa til faraskammarlegursnjáîur, òvældur
みすぼらしい
초라한
nuskuręs
apskrandisapvalkātsnekrietnsnolaidiesnoplucis
predraný
oguljen
sjabbig
มองดูเก่า
tiều tụy

shabby

[ˈʃæbɪ] ADJ (shabbier (compar) (shabbiest (superl)))
1. [building] → desvencijado; [clothes] → andrajoso (also shabby-looking) [person] → andrajoso, desaliñado
2. [treatment] → injusto, vil; [behaviour] → poco honrado; [excuse] → poco convincente
a shabby trickuna mala jugada

shabby

[ˈʃæbi] adj
(= scruffy) [clothes, furniture] → miteux/euse
(= bad) [behaviour] → moche
What a shabby way to treat your friends! → C'est moche de traiter tes amis comme tu le fais!

shabby

adj (+er) (lit, fig)schäbig; they were shabby-genteelsie gehörten zur verarmten Oberschicht; that was a shabby trick!das war ein schäbiger or mieser Trick!

shabby

[ˈʃæbɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (building) → malandato/a, squallido/a; (clothes) → sciatto/a; (person) (also shabby-looking) → trasandato/a; (behaviour) → meschino/a
a shabby trick → un tiro mancino

shabby

(ˈʃӕbi) adjective
1. looking old and worn. shabby curtains; shabby clothes.
2. wearing old or dirty clothes. a shabby old man; He used to be so smart but he looks shabby now.
3. (of behaviour) unworthy or mean. That was a shabby thing to do.
ˈshabbily adverb
ˈshabbiness noun

shabby

بالٍ zanedbaný luvslidt schäbig φθαρμένος gastado nuhruinen défraîchi otrcan logoro みすぼらしい 초라한 versleten sjasket wytarty esfarrapado, surrado убогий sjabbig มองดูเก่า eski püskü tiều tụy 破旧的
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It's like other people, you know, and I always envy girls who do such things, I'm so fond of luxury," said Meg, trying to decide which of two shabby gowns was the least shabby.
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Presently there was a distant blare of military music; it came nearer, still nearer, and soon a noble cavalcade wound into view, glorious with plumed helmets and flashing mail and flaunting banners and rich doublets and horse-cloths and gilded spear- heads; and through the muck and swine, and naked brats, and joyous dogs, and shabby huts, it took its gallant way, and in its wake we followed.
But she will never see me, for they do not let me out of this shabby stable - a foul and miserable place, with most two wrecks like myself for company.
Wherever one saw a pile of gravel or a pile of broken stone, it was always heaped as trimly and exactly as a new grave or a stack of cannon-balls; nothing about those stations or along the railroad or the wagon-road was allowed to look shabby or be unornamental.
Well, early one morning we hid the raft in a good, safe place about two mile below a little bit of a shabby village named Pikesville, and the king he went ashore and told us all to stay hid whilst he went up to town and smelt around to see if anybody had got any wind of the Royal Nonesuch there yet.
Roxy had for so many days nourished and fondled and petted her notion that Tom would be glad to see his old nurse, and would make her proud and happy to the marrow with a cordial word or two, that it took two rebuffs to convince her that he was not funning, and that her beautiful dream was a fond and foolish variety, a shabby and pitiful mistake.