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drab 1

adj. drab·ber, drab·best
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.
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

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

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




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


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


nTristheit f; (of life, activities)Eintönigkeit f


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


(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.
The modern design and informal layout of the South Bank exhibition dotted with sculptures by Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth among others heralded a break with the past - and the drabness and austerity of the war years.
A miasma of computer-generated special effects in the otherworldly sections is distracting and we yearn for a speedy return to the drabness of reality.
There was the current drabness and oppression of the Soviet system, of course, but what was haunting was the consciousness that tens of thousands had died in building the place, and that 600,000 had perished here in the Siege of Leningrad during World War II.
However, the glass peaked roofs on the southeast corner are simply stunning, so artsy and "Oregony" that they override such drabness.
Elsewhere, the buildings and their contents are prone to drabness.
After the drabness and austerity of the war years, London saw an explosion of colour and changing attitudes.
The outcome is a lively new coterie of civic buildings that confound and transcend the more familiar notions of municipal drabness.
The soap, hitherto known for its dreary Northern drabness, at last gained a much-needed bit of sparkle.
Unfortunately, the author never allows Nell, who might be a passionate and compelling character, to rise above the level of a stereotypical victim of repressed Irish Catholic hypocrisy; using easy shorthand throughout the collection, Howard emphasizes the drabness of Nell's life by sending her off to practice her craft in Canada.
But the drabness, the awful drabness, is just what you find in Kafka's stories long before Communism.