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And there was big, handsome, Eddie Arledge, whose father had treated him shabbily.

You have asked the most shabbily dressed person in Elberthal to be your companion.

He was shabbily dressed, and she did not even know he was the son of a dentist.

To treat him shabbily in any way denotes no real appreciation of his presence.

Von Wedel, though dressed so shabbily, was the chief spokesman.

Nearly all were shabbily dressed, and of large and bony frame.

She was shabbily dressed, with a trace of gentility in clothes and manner.

The song sparrows, by the way, treated me shabbily this season.

At that moment a strange man, shabbily dressed, entered the shop.

"Sorry to treat you shabbily, old man," he said, when they were alone.

WORD ORIGIN

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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