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shabby-genteel

[shab-ee-jen-teel] /ˈʃæb i dʒɛnˈtil/
adjective
1.
trying to maintain dignity and self-respect despite shabbiness.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55
Related forms
shabby-gentility
[shab-ee-jen-til-i-tee] /ˈʃæb i dʒɛnˈtɪl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
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British Dictionary definitions for shabbygenteel

shabby-genteel

adjective
1.
preserving or aspiring to the forms and manners of gentility despite appearing shabby
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