Indeed, that floating mass of golden locks was glory enough to lend beauty to the shabbiest attire.
On the contrary, most of us wore there our oldest and shabbiest garments.
She put on her bonnet and shawl—the darkest and shabbiest she possessed.
He was the oddest, shabbiest, crankiest old fellow, and so inquisitive!
Her dress was of the shabbiest, and her turned-up nose looked more celestial than ever.
The room itself was the shabbiest bedchamber Janice Day had ever seen.
My goodness, I'd do the shabbiest thing a woman could do to save you from him!
We were all in our shabbiest clothes, as this is the customary thing.
Never lacking dignity even in the shabbiest attire through sheer force of personality, tonight she was almost handsome as well.
In the post-chaise Paganini stowed his luggage, which was of the simplest—and shabbiest—description.
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.