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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.]
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Gus's Jerky Shop, 2017, for which Pecis painted a gray brick building (a former gas station near Death Valley, California, that's become a destination for specialty dried meat) with its storefront window and bench plastered in bumper stickers and brand logos, was drabber than the other works, but still scenic.
And although Hamill found Fisher a "handful" and "high maintenance," he revealed that his life would have been so much "drabber and less interesting if she hadn't been the friend that she was."
Romanticism, in this latter sense, is revolutionary, but it is also something that Robinson's London, Robinson's England, has turned away from towards a narrower, and drabber, form of Protestant commercialism.
The female is much drabber in brown and beige with a bright yellow tail.
All the same, specialists in the law of statutory interpretation, perhaps a drabber group, should love the case.
A: When a gecko is about to shed skin, they can become a bit 'drabber' but a more noticeable change skin colour can be due to different factors, such as environmental humidity, which can also affect their skin shedding.
Their bright coloration, however, is only present during the day when the frogs are largely inactive, while, during the hours of darkness, whenever the frogs are most active, their colors are much drabber favouring shades of grey and brown [15].
Driving north along the pot-holed road to Sofia the villages get poorer and drabber. There are horse-drawn carts filled high with hay and in the villages of bare-brick homes, whose only modern accroutement appears to be the satellite, many live close to their animals tethered in adjacent muddy courtyards.