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"shabby" in British English

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shabbyadjective

uk   us   /ˈʃæb.i/
  • shabby adjective (BAD CONDITION)

C1 lookingold and in ​badcondition because of being used for a ​longtime or not being ​cared for: He ​wore a shabby ​oldovercoat. Her ​home is a ​rented one-bedroom ​apartment in a shabby ​part of ​town. The ​refugees were shabby (= ​woreoldclothes in ​badcondition) and ​hungry.
shabbily
adverb uk   us   /-ɪ.li/
shabbily ​dressed The ​hostages were shabbily treated when they came ​home.
shabbiness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
(Definition of shabby from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"shabby" in American English

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shabbyadjective

 us   /ˈʃæb·i/
  • shabby adjective (IN BAD CONDITION)

lookingold and in ​badcondition because of ​wear or ​lack of ​care: The man ​wore a ​long, shabby ​coat. We ​parked near Bobby’s shabby ​trailer.
  • shabby adjective (NOT FAIR)

not ​fair or ​showingrespect; ​unacceptable: Her ​salary is $305,000 this ​year – not too shabby (= very ​generous).
(Definition of shabby from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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