shabby

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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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Shortly after the nuptials, the Eagle said, "Fly off and bring me back the ostrich you promised me." The Kite, soaring aloft into the air, brought back the shabbiest possible mouse, stinking from the length of time it had lain about the fields.
Indeed, many are the Nantucket ships in which you will see the skipper parading his quarter-deck with an elated grandeur not surpassed in any military navy; nay, extorting almost as much outward homage as if he wore the imperial purple, and not the shabbiest of pilot-cloth.
Hastily washing, and meekly putting on her shabbiest dress and an old mantilla, Natasha, shivering in the fresh air, went out into the deserted streets lit by the clear light of dawn.
The same man who will pay six prices for the best seed-corn, and who will allow nothing but high-grade cattle in his barn, will at the same time be content with the shabbiest and flimsiest telephone service, without offering any other excuse than that it is cheap.
Till then it had been possible to see them only at Durand-Ruel's shop in the Rue Lafitte (and the dealer, unlike his fellows in England, who adopt towards the painter an attitude of superiority, was always pleased to show the shabbiest student whatever he wanted to see), or at his private house, to which it was not difficult to get a card of admission on Tuesdays, and where you might see pictures of world-wide reputation.
Faithful to his plan of economy, the Captain dressed himself in his oldest and shabbiest uniform and epaulets, leaving the newest behind, under his wife's (or it might be his widow's) guardianship.
The lot that your Casby belongs to, is the shabbiest of all the lots.
Champion would burst in on John's shabbiest hours or homeliest meals with some dazzling present or announcement or expedition that made it like the visit of Haroun Alraschid, and John would accept or refuse amiably with one eye off, so to speak, like one lazy schoolboy agreeing or disagreeing with another.
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In the process, religious freedom--one of our nation's greatest achievements--could become little more than a device to cover all forms of discrimination, from the shabbiest to the most insidious.