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.