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drab 1

 (drăb)
adj. drab·ber, drab·best
1.
a. Of a dull grayish to yellowish brown.
b. Of a light olive brown or khaki color.
2. Faded and dull in appearance.
3. Dull or commonplace in character; dreary: a drab personality. See Synonyms at dull.
n.
1. A dull grayish to yellowish or light olive brown.
2. Cloth of this color or of an unbleached natural color.

[Alteration of obsolete French drap, cloth, from Old French; see drape.]

drab′ly adv.
drab′ness n.

drab 2

 (drăb)
n.
1. A slovenly woman; a slattern.
2. A woman prostitute.
intr.v. drabbed, drab·bing, drabs
To consort with prostitutes: "Even amid his drabbing, he himself retained some virginal airs" (Stanislaus Joyce).

[Possibly of Celtic origin (akin to Scottish Gaelic dràbag Irish Gaelic drabóg, slattern) or from Dutch drab, dregs.]

drab 3

 (drăb)
n.
A negligible amount: finished the work in dribs and drabs.

[Probably alteration of drib.]

drab

(dræb)
adj, drabber or drabbest
1. dull; dingy; shabby
2. cheerless; dreary: a drab evening.
3. (Colours) of the colour drab
n
4. (Colours) a light olive-brown colour
5. (Textiles) a fabric of a dull grey or brown colour
[C16: from Old French drap cloth, from Late Latin drappus, perhaps of Celtic origin]
ˈdrably adv
ˈdrabness n

drab

(dræb)
n
1. a slatternly woman
2. (Professions) a whore
vb, drabs, drabbing or drabbed
(intr) to consort with prostitutes
[C16: of Celtic origin; compare Scottish Gaelic drabag]

drab1

(dræb)

adj. drab•ber, drab•best,
n. adj.
1. lacking in brightness, spirit, etc.; dull.
2. of the color drab.
n.
3. a brownish gray.
4. fabric of this color, esp. of thick wool or cotton.
[1535–45; < Middle French drap < Late Latin drappus piece of cloth]
drab′ly, adv.
drab′ness, n.

drab2

(dræb)

n., v. drabbed, drab•bing. n.
1. a slatternly woman.
2. a prostitute.
v.i.
3. to associate with drabs.
[1505–15]

drab


Past participle: drabbed
Gerund: drabbing

Imperative
drab
drab
Present
I drab
you drab
he/she/it drabs
we drab
you drab
they drab
Preterite
I drabbed
you drabbed
he/she/it drabbed
we drabbed
you drabbed
they drabbed
Present Continuous
I am drabbing
you are drabbing
he/she/it is drabbing
we are drabbing
you are drabbing
they are drabbing
Present Perfect
I have drabbed
you have drabbed
he/she/it has drabbed
we have drabbed
you have drabbed
they have drabbed
Past Continuous
I was drabbing
you were drabbing
he/she/it was drabbing
we were drabbing
you were drabbing
they were drabbing
Past Perfect
I had drabbed
you had drabbed
he/she/it had drabbed
we had drabbed
you had drabbed
they had drabbed
Future
I will drab
you will drab
he/she/it will drab
we will drab
you will drab
they will drab
Future Perfect
I will have drabbed
you will have drabbed
he/she/it will have drabbed
we will have drabbed
you will have drabbed
they will have drabbed
Future Continuous
I will be drabbing
you will be drabbing
he/she/it will be drabbing
we will be drabbing
you will be drabbing
they will be drabbing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been drabbing
you have been drabbing
he/she/it has been drabbing
we have been drabbing
you have been drabbing
they have been drabbing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been drabbing
you will have been drabbing
he/she/it will have been drabbing
we will have been drabbing
you will have been drabbing
they will have been drabbing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been drabbing
you had been drabbing
he/she/it had been drabbing
we had been drabbing
you had been drabbing
they had been drabbing
Conditional
I would drab
you would drab
he/she/it would drab
we would drab
you would drab
they would drab
Past Conditional
I would have drabbed
you would have drabbed
he/she/it would have drabbed
we would have drabbed
you would have drabbed
they would have drabbed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.drab - a dull greyish to yellowish or light olive brown
olive - a yellow-green color of low brightness and saturation
Adj.1.drab - lacking in liveliness or charm or surprise; "her drab personality"; "life was drab compared with the more exciting life style overseas"; "a series of dreary dinner parties"
dull - lacking in liveliness or animation; "he was so dull at parties"; "a dull political campaign"; "a large dull impassive man"; "dull days with nothing to do"; "how dull and dreary the world is"; "fell back into one of her dull moods"
2.drab - lacking brightness or color; dull; "drab faded curtains"; "sober Puritan grey"; "children in somber brown clothes"
colorless, colourless - weak in color; not colorful
3.drab - of a light brownish green color
chromatic - being or having or characterized by hue
4.drab - causing dejection; "a blue day"; "the dark days of the war"; "a week of rainy depressing weather"; "a disconsolate winter landscape"; "the first dismal dispiriting days of November"; "a dark gloomy day"; "grim rainy weather"
cheerless, depressing, uncheerful - causing sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy; "the economic outlook is depressing"; "something cheerless about the room"; "a moody and uncheerful person"; "an uncheerful place"

drab

drab

adjective
1. Lacking vividness in color:
Translations
دراب: قماش رمادي مُسَمَّر، رتيب، خامِلرَتِيب
bezvýraznýfádníšedivý
tristkedelig
tylsä
bezličan
tilbreytingarlaus, litlaus, drungalegur
さえない
칙칙한
neįdomuspilkaipilkaspilkumas
neinteresantsneizteiksmīgsvienmuļš
trist
ไม่มีชีวิตชีวา
buồn tẻ

drab

[dræb]
A. ADJ (drabber (compar) (drabbest (superl))) [colour] → apagado; [life] → monótono, gris
B. N
1. (= fabric) tela de color marrón o gris apagado
2.
see dribs

drab

[ˈdræb] adj [clothes] → terne, morne; [room, place] → glauque; [life] → monotone

drab

adj (+er)trist; life, activitieseintönig; drab browngraubraun

drab

[dræb] adj (-ber (comp) (-best (superl))) (colour) → cupo/a; (clothes) → triste; (life) → grigio/a, tetro/a

drab

(drӕb) adjective
dull and uninteresting, especially in colour. drab clothes.
ˈdrably adverb
ˈdrabness noun

drab

رَتِيب fádní trist trist άχρωμος soso tylsä fade bezličan scialbo さえない 칙칙한 kleurloos trøstesløs nudny monótono однообразный trist ไม่มีชีวิตชีวา sıkıcı buồn tẻ 单调乏味的
References in classic literature ?
The snowy fisse crape cap, made after the strait Quaker pattern,--the plain white muslin handkerchief, lying in placid folds across her bosom,--the drab shawl and dress,--showed at once the community to which she belonged.
His broad-brim was placed beside him; his legs were stiffly crossed; his drab vesture was buttoned up to his chin; and spectacles on nose, he seemed absorbed in reading from a ponderous volume.
Some women, I grant, would not appear to advantage seated on a pillion, and attired in a drab joseph and a drab beaver-bonnet, with a crown resembling a small stew-pan; for a garment suggesting a coachman's greatcoat, cut out under an exiguity of cloth that would only allow of miniature capes, is not well adapted to conceal deficiencies of contour, nor is drab a colour that will throw sallow cheeks into lively contrast.
Two footmen were standing ready, dressed in drab livery, with scarlet breeches and white stockings.
I first beheld him on the quay, a complete stranger to me, obviously not a Hollander, in a black bowler and a short drab overcoat, ridiculously out of tone with the winter aspect of the waste-lands, bordered by the brown fronts of houses with their roofs dripping with melting snow.
My 'Conquest of Granada' was in two octavo volumes, bound in drab boards, and printed on paper very much yellowed with time at its irregular edges.
The driver was a young man of three-or four-and-twenty, with a cigar between his teeth; wearing a dandy cap, drab jacket, breeches of the same hue, white neckcloth, stick-up collar, and brown driving-gloves--in short, he was the handsome, horsey young buck who had visited Joan a week or two before to get her answer about Tess.
He was a short, bald old man, in a high-shouldered black coat and waistcoat, drab breeches, and long drab gaiters.
You do look so pretty in pink and red, Rebecca, and so homely in drab and brown
I could see that our windows looked out upon a drab space of wall, and that the street below was littered with filth.
Before emerging from it, the rattling of wheels approached behind us, and a stage-coach rumbled out of the mountain, with seats on top and trunks behind, and a smart driver, in a drab greatcoat, touching the wheel horses with the whipstock and reining in the leaders.
He would lie in bed at night and think of the joy of never seeing again that dingy office or any of the men in it, and of getting away from those drab lodgings.