• WordNet 3.6
    • n shabbiness an unjust act
    • n shabbiness a lack of elegance as a consequence of wearing threadbare or dirty clothing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Shabbiness The quality or state of being sghabby.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n shabbiness Shabby character or condition. Especially
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  • Edward Dahlberg
    “Genius, like truth, has a shabby and neglected mien.”
  • Edgar Z. Friedenberg
    Edgar Z. Friedenberg
    “It takes a kind of shabby arrogance to survive in our time, and a fairly romantic nature to want to.”
  • T. S. Eliot
    “Each venture is a new beginning, a raid on the inarticulate with shabby equipment always deteriorating in the general mess of imprecision of feeling.”
  • W. H. Auden
    “When I am in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate who has strayed by mistake into a drawing room full of dukes.”
  • Willa Cather
    “Winter lies too long in country towns; hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen.”


In literature:

I felt so shabby and disreputable that I was tempted to turn tail and escape.
"My Friend Smith" by Talbot Baines Reed
A woman can dress smartly on a sum that would keep a man looking shabby.
"Jokes For All Occasions" by Anonymous
Their clothes were shabby, all ambition had been ruthlessly crushed out of them, but no matter.
"The Easiest Way" by Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow
Bruce ought to have a new school suit; the one he is wearing has descended from the other two, and is disgracefully shabby.
"The Fortunes of the Farrells" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
They were very shabby old books indeed.
"Penelope and the Others" by Amy Walton
Before the mean and shabby portals stood a small crowd of ragged urchins.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
Why, he looks dreadfully common, and his clothes are wretchedly shabby.
"Five Hundred Dollars" by Horatio Alger
But no one need blush for a shabby suit, if circumstances prevent his having a better one.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
I wouldn't have been so shabby to you.
"Devon Boys" by George Manville Fenn
As for Toni, she was much interested in this sunny, shabby room.
"The Making of a Soul" by Kathlyn Rhodes
This shabby hotel was an evil place.
"The Lion's Mouse" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
The house where I am to stay is shabby and not especially comfortable.
"The Red Cross Girls with the Russian Army" by Margaret Vandercook
She wore her favorite red dress, which was exceedingly shabby and by no means becoming.
"A Modern Tomboy" by L. T. Meade
Once more John looked at his shabby suit, his dusty, worn shoes.
"Spring Street" by James H. Richardson
They never seem to mind being shabby.
"Miss Pat at Artemis Lodge" by Pemberton Ginther
He was as shabby as the funeral coach itself, but had kept up more gentility in his decay.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, September, 1878" by Various
As Dr. Luttrell, with his shabby black bag crossed the road, he looked back once, and Dot kissed her dimpled hand to him.
"Doctor Luttrell's First Patient" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
She was a pale, slender girl, with a sad face, and was dressed in rather shabby black.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1896 to 1901" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Then he took from his shabby trunk a little inlaid box and unlocked it with a twisted silver key.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
But this stunning metropolitan person did make one feel dreadfully provincial and shabby.
"Molly Brown's Senior Days" by Nell Speed

In poetry:

Pale, and shabby, and looking so ill,
Hungry and cold and wet,
On a winter's morning going to mill
The factory-child I met:
"A Dozen Ballads About White Slavery. II. The Factory Slave" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
The boots are a mystery:
How and where
John got such a shabby lot,
Such a shocking pair,
I do declare
Though he may know, I do not.
"John S. Crow" by Clara Doty Bates
He married you at Bath's fair Habby,
Saint Bart he treated like a son—
And wasn't it uncommon shabby
To do what you have went and done!
"The Knight And The Lady" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Though the shabby unbalanced the splendid,
And the bitter outmeasured the sweet,
I should certainly do as I then did,
Were I given the chance to repeat.
"The Little Old Lady In Lavender Silk" by Dorothy Parker
Anon I spied a shabby dame
Who fed six sparrows as they came
In famished flight;
She was so poor and frail and old,
Yet crumbs of her last crust she doled
With pure delight.
"Compassion" by Robert W Service
Though kin they are, a gulf will grow
Between them with the years;
For one a life of love will know,
The other toil and tears:
Perhaps that shabby rag doll knows
The rue of Marie Rose.
"Ragetty Doll" by Robert W Service

In news:

Shabby Chic is on the move.
Not What We Hoped For, But Not Too Shabby , Either.
For Members of Congress, Not Too Shabby .
HIGH POINT, N.C.–The new Shabby Chic upholstery line from Miles Talbott Furniture will debut in April, adding to the relaunch of the brand to the wholesale trade.
Renee and Catherine can really belt it out (and Richard's not too shabby either).
While that's not shabby, it doesn't compare to the gorgeous display on my 24-inch iMac, which I'm supplementing with one of the Dell screens.
"It's just pretty terrible," said Vram Melek, 32, as he waited in the shabby Court Street station on the R line Thursday.
Randy Blythe may be a world-renowned rock star, but his temporary inmate skills aren't too shabby either.
Budapest 's 'ruin pubs' are shabby cool.
ALEX — Shabby chic is a style that is all about repurposing older items while still letting the past peek through.
In the 1980s, people thought vintage was "old and shabby, for people who led alternative lifestyles," she recalls.
Not too shabby for a week's work.
And the general appearance had become shabby.
0This week it's part 2 of their shabby shed restoration.

In science:

When I see other posts about it being shabby I can’t for the life of me figure out what they are talking about.
Estimating the Prevalence of Deception in Online Review Communities
Except for the kernel, each tool has its own graphical user interface (gui), what looks rather shabby.
Software (Re-)Engineering with PSF II: from architecture to implementation