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shabby adj
1 showing signs of wear and tear; "a ratty old overcoat"; "shabby furniture"; "an old house with dirty windows and tatty curtains" [syn: moth-eaten, ratty, tatty]
2 mean and unworthy and despicable; "shabby treatment" [also: shabbiest, shabbier]

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  • /ˈʃæb.i/
  • Rhymes with: -æbi


  1. Torn or worn; poor; mean; ragged.
    They lived in a tiny apartment, with some old, shabby furniture.
  2. Clothed with ragged, much worn, or soiled garments.
    The fellow arrived looking rather shabby after journeying so far.
  3. Mean; paltry; despicable.
    shabby treatment


Torn or worn; poor; mean; ragged
Clothed with ragged, much worn, or soiled garments
Mean; paltry; despicable

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