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shabby

adjective uk   /ˈʃæb.i/ us  

shabby adjective (BAD CONDITION)

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.

shabby adjective (NOT FAIR)

C2 not honourable or fair; unacceptable: She spoke out about the shabby way the case had been handled. I felt the whole affair was a bit shabby.
shabbily
adverb uk   /-ɪ.li/ us  
shabbily dressed The hostages were shabbily treated when they came home.
shabbiness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
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