November 23, 2016
Learner's Word of the Day
shabby /ˈʃæbi/ adjective
shabby
/ˈʃæbi/
adjective

shabbier; shabbiest

A shabby chair
A shabby chair
Learner's definition of SHABBY

[also more shabby; most shabby]

1 : in poor condition especially because of age or use

  • The furniture was old and shabby.

  • He wore a shabby coat.

  • Her first apartment was pretty shabby.

2 : dressed in clothes that are old and worn

  • shabby workmen

3 informal : not fair, generous, or reasonable

  • They complained about the shabby treatment they received at the hotel.

  • Backing out of the deal was a shabby thing to do.

not (too) shabby informal

: fairly good or quite good

  • He came in second in the race. That's not too shabby for an inexperienced runner. [=that's not bad at all for an inexperienced runner]

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