shabbier


shabbier

adjective, shab·bi·er, shab·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.

adjective -bier or -biest

  1. threadbare or dilapidated in appearance
  2. wearing worn and dirty clothes; seedy
  3. mean, despicable, or unworthyshabby treatment
  4. dirty or squalid

adj.1660s, of persons, “poorly dressed,” with -y (2) + shab “a low fellow” (1630s), literally “scab” (now only dialectal in the literal sense, in reference to a disease of sheep), from Old English sceabb (the native form of the Scandinavian word that yielded Modern English scab; also see sh-). Cf. Middle Dutch schabbich, German schäbig “shabby.” Of clothes, furniture, etc., “of mean appearance, no longer new or fresh” from 1680s; meaning “inferior in quality” is from 1805. Figurative sense “contemptibly mean” is from 1670s. Related: Shabbily; shabbiness. Shabby-genteel “run-down but trying to keep up appearances, retaining in present shabbiness traces of former gentility,” first recorded 1754. Related: Shabaroon “disreputable person,” c.1700.

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