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The little shabby creature had in a moment dropped her shabbiness.

The shabbiness of the legislature must answer for it, if criminals remain at large.

"Cecily doesn't mind about the shabbiness of it," he heard Gilbert saying.

The hall had a puzzling look of equal nobility and shabbiness.

The shabbiness of the hotel where Helen lived surprised him.

Mentally she was taking a scornful inventory of her own shabbiness.

Alan was unprepared for the shabbiness of the house where the gambler lived.

The old dress she wore as unconscious of its shabbiness as though it were a royal robe.

He felt the shabbiness of his clothes without looking at them.

It was not ancient, yet it looked old from shabbiness and neglect.

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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