Shabby and Tacky


Shabby adjective - Showing signs of advanced wear and tear and neglect.
Usage example: shabby wallpaper that was peeling from the walls

Tacky is a synonym for shabby in quality topic. In some cases you can use "Tacky" instead an adjective "Shabby", when it comes to topics like better, inferior, mangy, scruffy. informal substitute

Nearby Word: shabbily


Tacky adjective - Marked by an obvious lack of style or good taste.

Shabby is a synonym for tacky in quality topic. You can use "Shabby" instead an adjective "Tacky", if it concerns topics such as better, inferior, cheap, mangy. popular alternative

Nearby Words: tack, tacked, tacking
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