Meaning of “shabby” in the English Dictionary

"shabby" in English

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uk /ˈʃæb.i/ us /ˈʃæb.i/
adverb uk /ˈʃæb.əl.i/ us /ˈʃæb.əl.i/

shabbily dressed
The hostages were shabbily treated when they came home.
noun [ U ] uk /ˈʃæb.i.nəs/ us /ˈʃæb.i.nəs/

(Definition of “shabby” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /ˈʃæb·i/

shabby adjective (IN BAD CONDITION)

looking old and in bad condition 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 showing respect; 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)