adjective, shab·bi·er, shab·bi·est.
Origin of shabby
Examples from the Web for shabby
We met on the third floor of a shabby building in Asadabad in an impossibly spare room that we dragged cushions into.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley|Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Graterford is a forbidding, shabby, woebegone facility built in 1929.Here’s a Reform Even the Koch Brothers and George Soros Can Agree On|Tina Brown|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was such a lovely, shabby, many deco building town and completely unexploited.
Are all these setups, coincidences, misunderstandings, a shabby mass tabloid conspiracy, people on the make?
Not too shabby for a creature less than a year old who had never set a tentacle on the pitch.The Amazing Tale of Paul the Psychic Octopus: Germany’s World Cup Soothsayer|Emily Shire|July 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
By the shabby gateway of the house I halted and looked up at such of the windows as I could see over the wall.The Vanishing Man|R. Austin Freeman
On observing this, Bill Tasker said he supposed it was to hide the shabby jackets they wore under them.Peter the Whaler|W.H.G. Kingston
"But it is so shabby," she said, looking fearfully at Caroline.Mabel, Vol. III (of 3)|Emma Newby
To endow two rained-on and shabby gentlemen with pomp and circumstance!The Tin Soldier|Temple Bailey
Again the ball went sailing in, but this time Joes luck played him a shabby trick, or perhaps the umpire was not watching closely.Baseball Joe in the Central League|Lester Chadwick
British Dictionary definitions for shabby
adjective -bier or -biest
Word Origin for shabby
Word Origin and History 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.