For answer she caught his coat in her shabbily gloved little hands.
And there was big, handsome, Eddie Arledge, whose father had treated him shabbily.
He, too, was shabbily dressed—his coat being shiny and napless, and his vest lacking two out of the five original buttons.
You have asked the most shabbily dressed person in Elberthal to be your companion.
Sometimes a little bitterness intermingled, and she felt herself aggrieved at having been so shabbily treated by her old chum.
The song sparrows, by the way, treated me shabbily this season.
It seemed the most natural thing in the world for Charlotte to take this strange, shabbily dressed little girl into her embrace.
At that moment a strange man, shabbily dressed, entered the shop.
There sat a shabbily dressed woman, with anxious, frightened-looking face, the seat full of bundles and a pale-faced baby in arms.
"Sorry to treat you shabbily, old man," he said, when they were alone.
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.