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shabby (ˈʃæbɪ Pronunciation for shabby

Definitions

adjective

-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

Derived Forms

ˈshabbily adverb
ˈshabbiness noun

Word Origin

C17: from Old English sceabbscab + -y1

Synonyms

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= tatty, worn, ragged, scruffy, faded, frayed, worn-out, tattered, threadbare, down at heel, the worse for wear, having seen better days,

Translations for 'shabby'

  • British English: shabbyPronunciation for shabby Shabby things or places look old and in bad condition.His clothes were old and shabby.ˈʃæbɪ ADJECTIVE
  • Arabic: بالٍPronunciation for بالٍ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: surradoPronunciation for surrado surrada
  • Chinese: 破旧的Pronunciation for 破旧的
  • Croatian: otrcanPronunciation for otrcan otrcana
  • Czech: zanedbanýPronunciation for zanedbaný
  • Danish: luvslidtPronunciation for luvslidt
  • Dutch: versletenPronunciation for versleten
  • European Spanish: gastadoPronunciation for gastado gastada
  • Finnish: nuhruinenPronunciation for nuhruinen
  • French: défraîchiPronunciation for défraîchi
  • German: schäbigPronunciation for schäbig
  • Greek: φθαρμένοςPronunciation for φθαρμένος φθαρμένη
  • Italian: logoroPronunciation for logoro logora
  • Japanese: みすぼらしいPronunciation for みすぼらしい
  • Korean: 초라한Pronunciation for 초라한
  • Norwegian: sjasketPronunciation for sjasket
  • Polish: wytartyPronunciation for wytarty wytarta
  • Portuguese: esfarrapadoPronunciation for esfarrapado esfarrapada
  • Romanian: ponosit ponosit, ponosită, ponosiți, ponosite
  • Russian: убогийPronunciation for убогий убогая
  • Spanish: gastadoPronunciation for gastado gastada
  • Swedish: sjabbigPronunciation for sjabbig sjabbigt
  • Thai: มองดูเก่าPronunciation for มองดูเก่า
  • Turkish: eski püsküPronunciation for eski püskü
  • Ukrainian: поношений
  • Vietnamese: tiều tụyPronunciation for tiều tụy

Example Sentences Including 'shabby'

At ease in the shabby little dressing room, however, Mark lit a cigarette.
Edited by Robin Robertson MORTIFICATION: Writers' Stories of their Public Shame (2003)
Curiously, this shabby affair only served to underline the tournament's significance.
Independent (1999)
He said Copps, 51, was right to contest what he considered shabby treatment from Martin.
canada.com (2004)
I do not want to simply complain about the shabby treatment of people.
Irish Times (2002)
It was becoming more shabby , she noticed in the light from the overhead bulb; its brown waxed surface mottled with darker stains.
Murray, Stephen Death and Transfiguration
The lights came on, the screen looked suddenly empty and shabby.
Hilton, John Buxton Displaced Person
The man turned, nervously; he was slight, shabby , unremarkable.
Malcolm, John The Gwen John Sculpture
The merits of shabby sanctity have inexplicably passed them by.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
When it comes to furniture, we're fortunate enough to live in a culture where shabby can still be construed as chic, not shameful.
Country Life (2005)

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