One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Shabby or decrepit.‘a warby, unshaven young man’shabby, well worn, worn, worn to shreds, threadbare, tattered, in tatters, in ribbons, in rags, in holes, holey, falling to pieces, falling apart at the seams, ragged, frayed, patched, moth-eaten, faded, seedy, shoddy, sorry, scruffy, dilapidated, crumbling, broken-down, run down, tumbledown, decrepit, deteriorated, on its last legs, having seen better days, time-wornView synonyms
1920s: probably from warb ‘larva of the warble fly’ + -y.
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