Doty vs Shabby - What's the difference?

doty | shabby |


As adjectives the difference between doty and shabby

is that doty is (carpentry|of wood) suffering from rot, or waterlogged while shabby is torn or worn; poor; mean; ragged.

doty

English

Adjective

(er)
  • (carpentry, of wood) Suffering from rot, or waterlogged
  • *1903 ,
  • An hour later, he came upon a hollow tree, filled with doty wood which he could tear out with his hands and he built a fire and broiled a little more bacon.
  • (US, dialectal, of a person) Senile; in one's dotage
  • Alternative forms

    * (suffering from rot) doaty, dotey

    Derived terms

    * dotiness

    See also

    * dotty * doty in the Dictionary of American Regional English

    shabby

    English

    Adjective

    (er)
  • Torn or worn; poor; mean; ragged.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1905, author=
  • , title= , chapter=2 citation , passage=Miss Phyllis Morgan, as the hapless heroine dressed in the shabbiest of clothes, appears in the midst of a gay and giddy throng; she apostrophises all and sundry there, including the villain, and has a magnificent scene which always brings down the house, and nightly adds to her histrionic laurels.}}
    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)