Shabby vs Shaky - What's the difference?

shabby | shaky |


As adjectives the difference between shabby and shaky

is that shabby is torn or worn; poor; mean; ragged while shaky is shaking]] or [[tremble|trembling.

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)

    shaky

    English

    Adjective

    (er)
  • Shaking]] or [[tremble, trembling.
  • a shaky spot in a marsh
    a shaky hand
  • Nervous]]; [[anxious, Anxious.
  • He’s a nice guy but when he talks to me, he acts shaky .
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=April 10 , author=Alistair Magowan , title=Aston Villa 1 - 0 Newcastle , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Villa had plenty of opportunities to make the game safe after a shaky start and despite not reaching any great heights, they were resolute enough to take control of the game in the second half. }}
  • (of wood) Full of shakes or cracks; cracked.
  • shaky timber
  • * (seeCites2)
  • Easily shaken; tottering; unsound.
  • a shaky constitution
    shaky business credit

    Synonyms

    * (not held or fixed securely and likely to fall over) precarious, rickety, unsteady, tottering, unsafe, unstable, wobbly

    Derived terms

    * shakiness * shakycam