Hope gave him a debonair mien that belied his shabby-genteel apparel.
I do not believe the poor put into them, but the reduced rich, the shabby-genteel.
It would be difficult to name any particular part of town as the principal resort of shabby-genteel men.
Look again—here is a shabby-genteel man who lives by his wits.
He was the mechanic at Shrivelsby, the shabby-genteel old lady, and the old man most of all.
Such objects, with few exceptions, are shabby-genteel people.
The doctor sat in a little parlour, in a shabby-genteel street of close-packed middle London.
Here the last of the Glenalvans—once a proud and wealthy race—dwelt in respectable, shabby-genteel poverty.
At eleven o'clock he was clothed as a beggar—at twelve he was shabby-genteel.
While he sat there spell-bound, a shabby-genteel man entered and sat down beside him.