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Definition of "shabby" []

  • Showing signs of wear and tear; threadbare or worn-out: shabby furniture. (adjective)
  • Dilapidated or deteriorated in condition, especially through neglect; seedy: a shabby little park. (adjective)
  • Wearing threadbare clothing. (adjective)
  • Despicable; mean: a shabby trick. (adjective)
  • Not generous or just; unfair: shabby treatment. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "shabby" in a sentence
  • "It is not the shabby coat that will make the gentleman look shabby, no more than the fine coat can ever make _the shabby_ look like the gentleman."
  • "I did my best to do a neat job but it was still ... umm ... let's call it shabby chic."
  • "They were mostly short, hangdog-cheerful men in shabby suits."