adjective, shab·bi·er, shab·bi·est.
Words nearby shabby
Origin of shabby
OTHER WORDS FROM shabbyshab·bi·ly, adverbshab·bi·ness, nounun·shab·bi·ly, adverbun·shab·by, adjective
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