His face was drawn and haggard, and his clothes were shabbier than ever.
The Khri, was a native, and his robes could not well have been dirtier or shabbier.
The pavement grew rougher and dirtier, the houses and small shops that lined the street, shabbier and shabbier.
But in 1799 there were no shabbier Democrats than those of Connecticut.
All the shabbier suburbs are dwarfs, and none drop so suddenly and go so near the ground as the suburbs of the north-east.
I could have borne with his being thinner and older; but that he should be shabbier wrung my heart.
But toward the end of the season the Beans got shabbier than ever.
After what seemed a very long drive, they reached the shabby court and shabbier house where the Wrights lived.
The satin holiday coats that I knew so well were more threadbare, shabbier.
The father remained the same—poorer, shabbier, and more dissolute-looking, but the same confirmed and irreclaimable drunkard.
1660s, of persons, "poorly dressed," with -y (2) + shab "a low fellow" (1630s), literally "scab" (now only dialectal in the literal sense, in reference to a disease of sheep), from Old English sceabb (the native form of the Scandinavian word that yielded Modern English scab; also see sh-). Cf. Middle Dutch schabbich, German schäbig "shabby."
Of clothes, furniture, etc., "of mean appearance, no longer new or fresh" from 1680s; meaning "inferior in quality" is from 1805. Figurative sense "contemptibly mean" is from 1670s. Related: Shabbily; shabbiness. Shabby-genteel "run-down but trying to keep up appearances, retaining in present shabbiness traces of former gentility," first recorded 1754. Related: Shabaroon "disreputable person," c.1700.