schäbig

GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German schebic, equivalent to Schabe +‎ -ig. Cognate with Middle Dutch schabbich, Middle Low German schabbich, schēvesch (miserable). More at shabby.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈʃɛːbɪç/ (standard; used naturally in western Germany and Switzerland)
  • IPA(key): /ˈʃeːbɪç/ (overall more common; particularly northern and eastern regions)
  • IPA(key): /ˈʃɛːbɪk/ (common form in southern Germany, Austria, and Switzerland)
  • Hyphenation: schä‧big
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AdjectiveEdit

schäbig (comparative schäbiger, superlative am schäbigsten)

  1. shabby, shoddy; dilapidated
  2. sordid, sleazy, tawdry

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