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And while he slept the ground-squirrel ravaged the pockets of his shabby coat.

It had the well-worn look of an old coat, shabby but comfortable.

From the sounds, she judged that he was putting on his shabby gray coat.

The shabby bag between them attracted Gloria's curious gaze.

He wore, indeed, a shabby greenish-gray suit, and a flannel shirt.

You have to go to work, and it worries me terribly when I see you shabby.

His clothes are shabby and neglected; he walks with a shuffling, tired movement.

I open, and lo, a policeman in shabby uniform, makes inquiry about Khalid.

Only your bits of shabby duds—that's all that pretty faces like yours wants.

In the shabby main room of that dwelling, Andre-Louis halted him again.

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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