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 for shabby
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shabby \Shab"by\, a. [Compar. Shabbier; superl. Shabbiest.]
     [See Shab, n., Scabby, and Scab.]
     1. Torn or worn to rage; poor; mean; ragged.
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              Wearing shabby coats and dirty shirts. --Macaulay.
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     2. Clothed with ragged, much worn, or soiled garments. "The
        dean was so shabby." --Swift.
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     3. Mean; paltry; despicable; as, shabby treatment. "Very
        shabby fellows." --Clarendon.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: showing signs of wear and tear; "a ratty old overcoat";
             "shabby furniture"; "an old house with dirty windows and
             tatty curtains" [syn: moth-eaten, ratty, shabby,
      2: mean and unworthy and despicable; "shabby treatment"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  283 Moby Thesaurus words for "shabby":
     Mickey Mouse, NG, abandoned, abject, abominable, arrant, atrocious,
     awful, bare, base, battered, beastly, beat-up, bedraggled,
     beggarly, beneath contempt, blameworthy, blowzy, broken-down,
     brutal, budget, careless, cheap, cheesy, chintzy, coarse, common,
     contemptible, contemptuous, crummy, debased, decaying, decrepit,
     deficient, degraded, demeaning, deplorable, depraved, desolate,
     despicable, deteriorated, deteriorating, detestable, dilapidated,
     dingy, dire, dirty, disagreeable, discreditable, disfigured,
     disgraceful, disgusting, dishonorable, disreputable, dog-eared,
     dowdy, down-at-heel, down-at-the-heels, drabbletailed, draggled,
     draggletailed, dreadful, easy, economic, economy, egregious,
     enormous, execrable, faded, fetid, filthy, flagrant, foul,
     fourth-class, frayed, frazzled, frowzy, frugal, frumpish, frumpy,
     full of holes, fulsome, gaudy, gimcracky, good-for-naught,
     good-for-nothing, grave, grievous, gross, grubby, grudging, grungy,
     hateful, heinous, holey, horrible, horrid, ignoble, ignominious,
     imperfect, impolite, in rags, in shreds, in tatters, inadequate,
     incompetent, inexpensive, infamous, inferior, informal, inglorious,
     insufficient, irregular, junk, junky, lamentable, little,
     loathsome, loose, lousy, low, low-class, low-down, low-grade,
     low-priced, low-quality, low-test, lowly, lumpen, maladroit,
     manageable, mangy, mean, mean-spirited, measly, mediocre,
     meretricious, messy, mingy, miserable, moderate, modest, monstrous,
     moth-eaten, mussy, nasty, nefarious, neglected, negligent, niggard,
     niggardly, no-account, no-good, noisome, nominal, not comparable,
     not in it, not worth having, not worth mentioning, not worthwhile,
     notorious, nugacious, nugatory, obnoxious, odious, offensive,
     opprobrious, out of it, outrageous, outworn, paltry, patchy,
     pathetic, penurious, peremptory, petty, pinchpenny, pitiable,
     pitiful, poky, poor, poverty-stricken, punk, ragged, raggedy,
     ramshackle, rank, ratty, reasonable, regrettable, reprehensible,
     reptilian, repulsive, rickety, rotten, rubbishy, rude, ruined,
     ruinous, run-down, sad, scabby, scandalous, schlock, scraggly,
     scrubby, scruffy, scummy, scurvy, scuzzy, second-best,
     second-class, seedy, sensible, shady, shameful, shattered,
     shocking, shoddy, slack, slatternly, sleazy, slipshod, sloppy,
     slovenly, slumlike, slummy, sluttish, small, sordid, sorry,
     squalid, stingy, tacky, tattered, tatty, terrible, third-class,
     third-rate, threadbare, tinny, tired, token, too bad, torn, trashy,
     trivial, trumpery, tumbledown, two-for-a-cent, two-for-a-penny,
     twopenny, twopenny-halfpenny, unclean, uncouth, unexpensive,
     unfriendly, ungenerous, ungentlemanly, unhelpful, unkempt,
     unladylike, unmentionable, unneat, unpleasant, unrespectable,
     unsightly, unskillful, untidy, unworthy, valueless, vile,
     villainous, within means, woeful, worn, worn out, worn-out, worst,
     worth the money, worthless, wrecked, wretched

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