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Physical ConditionPlay
Use 'shabby' to describe objects that look battered due to age or neglect, hinting at a poor state. SlideThe shabby teddy bear had lost one eye.
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Not Always NegativePlay
'Shabby' can have a vintage charm in some contexts, implying treasured but worn possessions. SlideShe loved the shabby chic decor of the cafe.
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Economic StatusPlay
Describing someone as 'shabby' may unintentionally suggest they have financial difficulties. SlideHis shabby attire made people assume he was unemployed.