Shabby vs Decrepit - What's the difference?

shabby | decrepit |

As an adjective shabby

is torn or worn; poor; mean; ragged.

As a verb decrepit is





  • Torn or worn; poor; mean; ragged.
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    They lived in a tiny apartment, with some old, shabby furniture.
  • Clothed with ragged, much worn, or soiled garments.
  • The fellow arrived looking rather shabby after journeying so far.
  • Mean; paltry; despicable.
  • shabby treatment

    Derived terms

    * shabby-genteel (Webster 1913)



    Alternative forms

    * decrepid (obsolete)


    (en adjective)
  • Weakened or worn out from age or wear
  • Derived terms

    * decrepitly * decrepitude