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adjective (BAD CONDITION)    /ˈʃæb.i/
C1 looking old and in bad condition because of being used for a long time or not being cared for: He wore a shabby old overcoat. Her home is a rented one-bedroom flat in a shabby part of town. The refugees were shabby (= wore old clothes in bad condition) and hungry.In bad condition shabbily     /-ɪ.li/ adverb shabbily dressed The hostages were shabbily treated when they came home.DishonestIn bad condition shabbiness     /-nəs/ noun [U] In bad condition
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