drab

drab
[[t]dræ̱b[/t]]
drabber, drabbest
1) ADJ-GRADED If you describe something as drab, you think that it is dull and boring to look at or experience.

Mary was wearing the same drab grey dress.

...his drab little office...

The rest of the day's activities often seemed drab or depressing.

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drabness N-UNCOUNT

...the dusty drabness of nearby villages.

2) See also dribs and drabs

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  • drab — [dræb] adj [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: drab (dull colored) cloth (16 18 centuries), from Old French drap cloth ] 1.) not bright in colour, especially in a way that stops you from feeling cheerful = ↑dull ▪ The walls were painted a drab green. 2.)… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Drab — Drab, a. Of a color between gray and brown. n. A drab color. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Drab — (dr[a^]b), n. [AS. drabbe dregs, lees; akin to D. drab, drabbe, dregs, G. treber; for sense 1, cf. also Gael. drabag a slattern, drabach slovenly. Cf. {Draff}.] 1. A low, sluttish woman. King. [1913 Webster] 2. A lewd wench; a strumpet. Shak.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • drab — [ dræb ] adjective not colorful or interesting: his drab brown clothes Their lives seem so drab …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • drab — drab1 [drab] n. [< OFr drap, cloth < VL drappus < IE * drop < base * der , to skin] 1. a kind of cloth, esp. a yellowish brown wool 2. a dull yellowish brown adj. drabber, drabbest 1. of a dull yellowish brown color …   English World dictionary

  • Drab — Drab, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Drabbed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Drabbing}.] To associate with strumpets; to wench. Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Drab — Drab, n. [F. drap cloth: LL. drappus, trapus, perh. orig., a firm, solid stuff, cf. F. draper to drape, also to full cloth; prob. of German origin; cf. Icel. drepa to beat, strike, AS. drepan, G. treffen; perh. akin to E. drub. Cf. {Drape},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • drab — sb., et, drab, ene, i sms. drabs , fx drabschef, drabsforsøg …   Dansk ordbog

  • drab — index ordinary, pedestrian Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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