adjective, shab·bi·er, shab·bi·est.
- shabbas goy,
Origin of shabby
Examples from the Web for shabbily
It was empty of human presence, and yet his wife had stamped something of herself on the shabbily furnished sitting-room.Studies in Wives|Marie Belloc Lowndes
You mustn't for a moment believe, dearest, that I hold myself superior to those who happen to be shabbily dressed.Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays|Various
It was a large room, shabbily furnished in yellow, the frescoed walls representing the Bay of Naples.Dorothy and other Italian Stories|Constance Fenimore Woolson
Mr. Bryan has shabbily infringed that good American doctrine that politics should end at the water's edge.
That's the reason why zoologists and showmen have treated my thick-tailed boy so shabbily.Popular Adventure Tales|Mayne Reid
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.