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    shabby vs scruffy

    What's the biggest difference between those two words and in what different context you would use them ?

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    Re: shabby vs scruffy

    Look them up here. You'll find examples of their use in context.

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    Re: shabby vs scruffy

    so basically e.g. scruffy t-shirt is messy and dirty but shabby is old, worn-out. Is that true ?

    What about houses ? Does the same rule apply ?

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    Re: shabby vs scruffy

    Quote Originally Posted by sharkerr View Post
    So basically, e.g. for example, a scruffy T-shirt is messy and dirty but a shabby T-shirt is old and worn-out. Is that true correct?

    What about houses? Does the same rule apply?
    I'm not sure I would describe a T-shirt as scruffy or shabby. I might describe the person wearing that T-shirt as "looking scruffy" in it. However, you will hear "He's wearing really scruffy clothes!"

    I would use scruffy for hair, general appearance etc. I would use shabby for furniture, décor, paintwork, general state of repair of a building.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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