adjective, shab·bi·er, shab·bi·est.
Origin of shabby
Examples from the Web for shabbiness
I was so stunned by the shabbiness of their arguments that it made me wonder how powerful this multitrillion-dollar industry is.
It was what he said when someone asked a question about the shabbiness of Bedouin villages in the Negev.
I vainly try to get down upon paper the dreariness, the ugliness, shabbiness, un-home-likeness of a Roman street.Passages From the French and Italian Notebooks, Volume 1|Nathaniel Hawthorne
Such cases occur daily, and the unity of shabbiness here is always diversified by some trim criminals in dark blue.Border and Bastille|George A. Lawrence
I saw and felt that she was weighing the shabbiness of my garments against my qualifications, and I trembled for the consequence.Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland|John Mackay Wilson
Mrs. Farley, very genteel in her shabbiness, shrank from the burly men and the rough children who ran almost under her feet.The Narrow House|Evelyn Scott
He paused for a moment, pondering how conspicuously the small house contrasted with the shabbiness of its neighborhood.When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry|Charles Neville Buck
British Dictionary definitions for shabbiness
adjective -bier or -biest
Word Origin for shabby
Word Origin and History for shabbiness
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.