From Cambridge Dictionary


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 apartment in a shabby part of town.
  • The refugees were shabby (= wore old clothes in bad condition) and hungry.

not honourable or fair; unacceptable:

  • She spoke out about the shabby way the case had been handled.
  • The company’s treatment of women was shabby.
  • They have had appallingly shabby treatment over the past few years and it is right that we should try to do something for them.


From Merriam Webster

Definition of shabby

1 : clothed with worn or seedy garments

a shabby hobo


a : threadbare and faded from wear

a shabby sofa

b : ill-kept : dilapidated

a shabby neighborhood


a : mean, despicable, contemptible

must feel shabby … because of his compromises— Nat Hentoff

b : ungenerous, unfair

laments the shabby way in which this country often treated a poet— Paul Engle

c : inferior in quality

shabby reasoning


From the Urban Dictionary


rubbish, ugly and generally not good

not too shabby


something that is old, dirty, a little over-used, messy or otherwise slightly over-loved! can aslo describe a person in an ironic way see example 2 below!


person 1:that table is old, like an antique

person 2:yes it’s quite shabby


person 1; person 2 you are not too shabby (meaning you are not too bad)

person 2: that shall be our word and we will make it cool, shabby

old skool garage raver term for good

this tune’s shabby rudeboy

when something is crappy or not that good; definetly not sexy

That was a shabby scooter poop, I mean the poop didn’t even cover the ass


nang sik


that fone is shabby blud

Used in Edinburgh slang as ‘out of order’ (not in the context of working state of a machine or object) or something that is below societies general moral acceptability.

You shouldnae uv chored that wee boys dinner money, that was pure shabby man

a poorly hand rolled cigarette aka a rollie. For example when the filter is not tightly in place and tends to fall out. Hence a shabby.

i wouldn’t call that a cigarette, its more like what one would call a shabby.

basically …….

it means ur a TRAMP

not too shabby

Phrase that describes the condition of something, meaning “Not bad”.

The opposite of word shabby/word

Bill: I banged her twice then left.

Tim: Not too shabby.

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