adjective, shabbier, shabbiest.
impaired by wear, use, etc.; worn: shabby clothes.
showing conspicuous signs of wear or neglect: The rooms on the upper floors of the mansion had a rather shabby appearance, as if they had not been much in use of late.
wearing worn clothes or having a slovenly or unkempt appearance: a shabby person.
run-down, seedy, or dilapidated: a shabby hotel.
meanly ungenerous or unfair; contemptible, as persons, actions, etc.: shabby behavior.
inferior; not up to par in quality, performance, etc.: a shabby rendition of the sonata.

1660–70; shab (Middle English; Old English sceabb scab) + -y1; cognate with German schäbig

shabbily, adverb
shabbiness, noun
unshabbily, adverb
unshabby, adjective Unabridged
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shabby (ˈʃæbɪ)
adj , -bier, -biest
1.  threadbare or dilapidated in appearance
2.  wearing worn and dirty clothes; seedy
3.  mean, despicable, or unworthy: shabby treatment
4.  dirty or squalid
[C17: from Old English sceabbscab + -y1]

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Word Origin & History

1669, from shab "scab" (now only dial., in ref. to a disease of sheep), from O.E. sceabb (see scab), with sound change as described in sh-. Cf. M.Du. schabbich, Ger. schäbig "shabby." Shabby-genteel "run-down but trying to keep up appearances" first recorded 1754.
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Example sentences
The door opened and a shabbily dressed individual came quietly in.
Set against the dark palette of the rain forest, the bear's fur appears
  shabbily radiant.
The aimless crowds who gather everywhere are shabbily dressed and irritable.
The prison service, the lowliest of the law-enforcement agencies, is shabbily
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