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Definitions for shabby
ˈʃæb ishab·by

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. moth-eaten, ratty, shabby, tattyadjective

    showing signs of wear and tear

    "a ratty old overcoat"; "shabby furniture"; "an old house with dirty windows and tatty curtains"

  2. shabbyadjective

    mean and unworthy and despicable

    "shabby treatment"


  1. shabbyadjective

    Torn or worn; poor; mean; ragged.

    They lived in a tiny apartment, with some old, shabby furniture.

  2. shabbyadjective

    Clothed with ragged, much worn, or soiled garments.

    The fellow arrived looking rather shabby after journeying so far.

  3. shabbyadjective

    Mean; paltry; despicable.

    shabby treatment

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Shabbyadjective

    A word that has crept into conversation and low writing; but ought not to be admitted into the language. Mean; paltry.

    The dean was so shabby, and look’d like a ninny,
    That the captain suppos’d he was curate to Jenny. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shabbynoun

    torn or worn to rage; poor; mean; ragged

  2. Shabbynoun

    clothed with ragged, much worn, or soiled garments

  3. Shabbynoun

    mean; paltry; despicable; as, shabby treatment

  4. Etymology: [See Shab, n., Scabby, and Scab.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shabby

    shab′i,—adj. threadbare or worn, as clothes: having a look of poverty: mean in look or conduct: low: paltry.—adv. Shabb′ily.—n. Shabb′iness.—adj. Shabb′y-genteel′, keeping up or affecting an appearance of gentility, though really shabby. [An adj. formed from shab, an old by-form of scab—thus a doublet of scabby.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shabby in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shabby in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of shabby in a Sentence

  1. Willa Cather:

    Winter lies too long in country towns hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen.

  2. Albert Einstein:

    If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy furniture, let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies.

  3. Edward Dahlberg:

    Genius, like truth, has a shabby and neglected mien.

  4. Gavin Williamson:

    With the Met Police not willing to do a criminal investigation it is clear a proper, full and impartial investigation needs to be conducted on this shabby and discredited witch hunt.

  5. Tarrant County:

    I don't think you go on a vacation and disappear, and don't tell anybody, and cut your hair and dye your hair, and hide out in a shabby apartment in a resort town. ... They fought so hard to keep him out of trouble when he killed four innocent people drinking three times the legal limit of alcohol, there's no doubt in my mind that when the video came out that showed him at that party and he was facing a possible revocation of probation, they made a conscious decision to run, and they did.

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  • ošuntělýCzech
  • schäbigGerman
  • zarrapastroso, raídoSpanish
  • nuhjuinen, nukkavieru, surkea, onneton, nuhruinenFinnish
  • élimé, minable, miteux, usé, râpéFrench
  • जर्जरHindi
  • lusuhIndonesian
  • ぼろぼろ, 手のひらJapanese
  • schappegLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • pūtaitai, taretare, kanukanuMāori
  • haveloosDutch
  • tosco, esbodegado, gasto, esfarrapado, estropiadoPortuguese
  • поношенный, плюгавый, потрёпанный, убогий, запущенный, захудалый, потёртый, жалкий, ветхий, обветшалый, подлыйRussian
  • олињао, отрцан, otrcan, похабан, pohaban, olinjaoSerbo-Croatian
  • luggsliten, sjabbig, sjaskig, sjavigSwedish
  • אָפּגעלאָזןYiddish
  • 破旧Chinese

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    applied to a fish depicted horizontally
    • A. naiant
    • B. lacerate
    • C. bristly
    • D. tantamount

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