The sisters now live in a shabby one-room house in a low-income area of Kabul.
Their free clinic in central Athens is housed in a shabby apartment that smells of feverish bodies and pungent medicine.
Identical ambulances were parked some distance down the street, in front of a shabby suite of offices.
But he was a revolutionist, an often shabby, poverty-stricken genius with a taste for the bottle.
Graterford is a forbidding, shabby, woebegone facility built in 1929.
Personally I was angry at the shabby trick played on the poor devil.
He wore, indeed, a shabby greenish-gray suit, and a flannel shirt.
You will get dirty, shabby frocks and slommicking dressing-gowns, such as your cook would be ashamed to wear.
His clothes are shabby and neglected; he walks with a shuffling, tired movement.
A shabby coat is not necessarily a sign that a man is hard up.
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.