Pronunciation: (shab'ē), [key]
—adj., -bi•er, -bi•est.
1. impaired by wear, use, etc.; worn: shabby clothes.
2. showing conspicuous signs of wear or neglect: The rooms on the upper floors of the mansion had a rather shabby appearance, as if they had not been much in use of late.
3. wearing worn clothes or having a slovenly or unkempt appearance: a shabby person.
4. run-down, seedy, or dilapidated: a shabby hotel.
5. meanly ungenerous or unfair; contemptible, as persons, actions, etc.: shabby behavior.
6. inferior; not up to par in quality, performance, etc.: a shabby rendition of the sonata.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.