shabby-genteel

[shab-ee-jen-teel]
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adjective

trying to maintain dignity and self-respect despite shabbiness.

Nearby words

  1. shabbas,
  2. shabbas goy,
  3. shabbat,
  4. shabbify,
  5. shabby,
  6. shabelle,
  7. shabu-shabu,
  8. shabuoth,
  9. shacharis,
  10. shacharith

Origin of shabby-genteel

First recorded in 1745–55

Related formsshab·by-gen·til·i·ty [shab-ee-jen-til-i-tee] /ˈʃæb i dʒɛnˈtɪl ɪ ti/, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for shabby-genteel

shabby-genteel

adjective

preserving or aspiring to the forms and manners of gentility despite appearing shabby
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