adjective, shab·bi·er, shab·bi·est.
Origin of shabby
Examples from the Web for shabbiest
The Kite, soaring aloft into the air, brought back the shabbiest possible mouse.Aesop's Fables|Aesop
Mr. Wesden in his shop-suit then—that was his shabbiest suit, and exceedingly shabby it was—sat and waited for customers.Mattie:--A Stray (Vol 1 of 3)|Frederick William Robinson
He pointed to the tarnished chrome entrance of one of the biggest and shabbiest of the buildings on the street.Starman's Quest|Robert Silverberg
The town itself is one of the shabbiest assemblages of dwellings I have ever seen in a colony.
It is the shabbiest, the most wretched thing in the world, to hate people because they are better off.'At His Gates, Vol. 2(of 3)|Margaret Oliphant
British Dictionary definitions for shabbiest
adjective -bier or -biest
Word Origin for shabby
Word Origin and History for shabbiest
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.