drabness


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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.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.drabness - having a drab or dowdy quality; lacking stylishness or elegance
inelegance - the quality of lacking refinement and good taste

drabness

noun
Translations
رَتابَه
bezvýraznostjednotvárnostšeď
trøstesløshed
szürkeség
tilbreytingarleysi
nevýraznosť
kasvetsıkıcılık

drabness

[ˈdræbnɪs] N [of life] → monotonía f; [of clothes, colours] → lo soso

drabness

[ˈdræbnɪs] n [life] → monotonie f; [place] → grisaille f

drabness

nTristheit f; (of life, activities)Eintönigkeit f

drabness

[ˈdræbnɪs] n (of colour) → cupezza; (of clothes) → aspetto triste; (of life) → grigiore m

drab

(drӕb) adjective
dull and uninteresting, especially in colour. drab clothes.
ˈdrably adverb
ˈdrabness noun
References in classic literature ?
The rays of the setting sun brought out the drabness of her.
Above the man in the Kremlin soared the granite structure in its overpowering drabness.
I felt an attack of drabness with my chipped nails and smudged eye liner opposite her impeccable manicure and directional haircut.
Moyes' media comments in general featured, as did the drabness of Sunderland's football and the quality of the signings he brought to the club.
It would be a carnival of drabness, With a dash of right-wing views.
Nevertheless, the mix of everyday drabness and paranormal chills generally worked well, with Merrily's 16-year-old daughter poking fun at her new job as "ghostbusting for Jesus" and David Threlfall turning up as world-weary Yorkshire exorcist Huw Owen - looking for all the world like a destitute Womble in a duffel coat and dog collar.
Nevertheless, the mix of everyday drabness and paranormal chills generally worked well, with Merrily's 16-year-old daughter poking fun at her new job as 'ghostbusting for Jesus' and David Threlfall turning up as world-weary Yorkshire exorcist Huw Owen - looking for all the world like an destitute Womble in a duffel coat and dog collar.
lovingly evokes the textures, polish and poise of an era that rebelled against post-war drabness, with fine contributions from production designer Oliver Scholl and costume designer Joanna Johnston.
This is a boat trip where you will be able to escape from the drabness and routine of daily life and sail into the crystal clear solitary bays and virgin waters.
Twin Peaks" meets frozen tundra in "Fortitude," a visually arresting series that, with its snail's pace and drabness, starts out intriguing but, by the third episode, is sliding toward irritating.
Marxist historians, however, contend that heavy alcohol consumption was promoted as a way to eliminate dissent, while other observers claim that alcohol is, for many, the only escape to the drabness of everyday life.