adjective, shab·bi·er, shab·bi·est.
- shabbas goy,
Origin of shabby
Examples from the Web for shabbier
But toward the end of the season the Beans got shabbier than ever.Torchy As A Pa|Sewell Ford
I could have borne with his being thinner and older; but that he should be shabbier wrung my heart.The High Heart|Basil King
Life at the South was at once grander and shabbier, than in New England.The Colonial Cavalier|Maud Wilder Goodwin
But now here it came, its music swelling, the crowd--shabbier than last month and more vacant of face--parting before it.Kincaid's Battery|George W. Cable
But in 1799 there were no shabbier Democrats than those of Connecticut.
adjective -bier or -biest
Word Origin for shabby
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.