Definition of


  1. (adj, all) mean and unworthy and despicable
  2. (adj, all) showing signs of wear and tear
    shabby furniture
    an old house with dirty windows and tatty curtains

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Synonyms of Shabby

moth-eaten, ratty, tatty

Alternate forms of Shabby

Derivations: shabbiness

Origin of the word Shabby

  1. 1669, from shab "scab" (now only dial., in ref. to a disease of sheep), from O.E. sceabb (see scab), with sound change as described in sh-. Cf. M.Du. schabbich, Ger. sch?big "shabby." Shabby-genteel "run-down but trying to keep up appearances" first recorded 1754. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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