It was what he said when someone asked a question about the shabbiness of Bedouin villages in the Negev.
I was so stunned by the shabbiness of their arguments that it made me wonder how powerful this multitrillion-dollar industry is.
The consciousness of shabbiness had not yet frayed the elbows of my soul.
Alan was unprepared for the shabbiness of the house where the gambler lived.
She really is a trump; so I have only myself to think of; and Duke shall find that his shabbiness and ill-temper do him no good.
He felt the shabbiness of his clothes without looking at them.
The shabbiness of the beggarly creature was a consolation to her.
The shabbiness of the legislature must answer for it, if criminals remain at large.
He was an alarming apparition in his great beard and his shabbiness, and the fugitive look he had.
The hall had a puzzling look of equal nobility and shabbiness.
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.