un shabby


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
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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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