Graterford is a forbidding, shabby, woebegone facility built in 1929.
The sisters now live in a shabby one-room house in a low-income area of Kabul.
Not too shabby for a show with unknown actors and a dime-sized budget.
Their free clinic in central Athens is housed in a shabby apartment that smells of feverish bodies and pungent medicine.
We see it at several different periods, from the height of its opulence in the 1930s to the shabby Communist look of the 1960s.
Personally I was angry at the shabby trick played on the poor devil.
When her dollar gloves were shabby and would not button at the wrist?
You will get dirty, shabby frocks and slommicking dressing-gowns, such as your cook would be ashamed to wear.
Don't you think it's just a little old and shabby for a prince?
A shabby coat is not necessarily a sign that a man is hard up.
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.