- impaired by wear, use, etc.; worn: shabby clothes.
- showing conspicuous signs of wear or neglect: The rooms on the upper floors of the mansion had a rather shabby appearance, as if they had not been much in use of late.
- wearing worn clothes or having a slovenly or unkempt appearance: a shabby person.
- run-down, seedy, or dilapidated: a shabby hotel.
- meanly ungenerous or unfair; contemptible, as persons, actions, etc.: shabby behavior.
- inferior; not up to par in quality, performance, etc.: a shabby rendition of the sonata.
Origin of shabby
Related Words for shabbiestratty, shoddy, run-down, scruffy, decaying, dilapidated, pitiful, tattered, threadbare, worn, dingy, decrepit, desolate, crummy, ramshackle, seedy, squalid, rickety, tacky, cheap
Examples from the Web for shabbiest
Historical Examples of shabbiest
That you'd take the smallest and shabbiest room in the house for yourself.Jane Journeys On
Ruth Comfort Mitchell
On the contrary, most of us wore there our oldest and shabbiest garments.
He was the oddest, shabbiest, crankiest old fellow, and so inquisitive!The Youngest Girl in the Fifth
The room itself was the shabbiest bedchamber Janice Day had ever seen.Janice Day
Helen Beecher Long
Perhaps the thing's shabbiest when he puts his responsibilities on his wife.The Girl From Keller's
- threadbare or dilapidated in appearance
- wearing worn and dirty clothes; seedy
- mean, despicable, or unworthyshabby treatment
- dirty or squalid
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.