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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: shab 'scab, worthless man' (11-19 centuries), from Old English sceabb 'scab'

shabby

adjective
     
shab‧by
1 shabby clothes, places, or objects are untidy and in bad condition because they have been used for a long time:
Hugh's jacket was old and shabby.
a shabby little restaurant
2 wearing clothes that are old and worn:
a shabby tramp
3 old-fashioned unfair and unkind:
a shabby trick
shabbily adverb
shabbiness noun [uncountable]

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