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shanty

adjective; zero derivation
of or pertaining to being dressed down or not dressed for the occasion, though not necessarily always a fancy occasion
 
Speaker needed a way of addressing a person wearing inappropriate clothes while being watched in a public place. For example, someone wearing an over sized sweatshirt and messy hair to the supermarket may be considered shanty , but someone wearing a nice pair of shorts and t-shirt to a wedding can be described with the same term. Possibly derived from the phrase “shanty town,” which is used to describe a particularly run-down place or area on the outskirts of the up-kept city
Etymology : Possibly from English shanty-town, first recorded in 1876 Online Etymology Dictionary
Source : She stepped out of the grocery store looking more shanty than she has in weeks. TMZ (November 11, 2008)
Last modified: 3 December 2008


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