shabby: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (shab'ē), [key]
— -bi•er, -bi•est.
  1. impaired by wear, use, etc.; worn: shabby clothes.
  2. 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.
  3. wearing worn clothes or having a slovenly or unkempt appearance: a shabby person.
  4. run-down, seedy, or dilapidated: a shabby hotel.
  5. meanly ungenerous or unfair; contemptible, as persons, actions, etc.: shabby behavior.
  6. inferior; not up to par in quality, performance, etc.: a shabby rendition of the sonata.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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