Main definitions of drab in English

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drab1

adjective

  • 1Lacking brightness or interest; drearily dull.

    ‘the landscape was drab and gray’
    ‘her drab suburban existence’
    • ‘The wizard turned what would have been a dull and drab lecture into an interesting one.’
    • ‘Life in the orphanage was a rather drab existence.’
    • ‘As soon as the door closed behind her I hurried to the dirty window in the front room and I watched as she walked down the street looking remarkably out of place in the drab surroundings in her bright green dress.’
    • ‘To be fair, much of that is probably due to the general lack of interest in Howard's drab party.’
    • ‘A great performance by Polanski as the boring, drab office worker who slowly goes insane, and, consequently, sheds his inhibited personality.’
    • ‘In a clear departure from the dull and drab appearance that Government publications are usually identified with, the newsletters sport a jaunty look.’
    • ‘They seemed a drab assortment of mediocrities.’
    • ‘Handicrafts have been directed not only to fulfil one's daily requirement but to add beauty and brightness in the otherwise dull and drab existence.’
    • ‘It's the only point of interest in his excruciatingly drab life, which is rendered more unhappy by his incessant bullying at the hands of seven overbearing sisters.’
    • ‘I was working in the day for commercial illustrators in Pitt Street and it was a drab existence I can tell you.’
    • ‘Grouping four or five boxwood in one area and using different sized pots make an eyecatching bright green display to brighten up an otherwise drab spot.’
    • ‘I'm really feeling quite drab and dull this week.’
    • ‘Once in France, the family settled in a cramped flat in the drab Paris suburb of Trappes, which is close to Versailles.’
    • ‘She offered Billy a clear route of escape from his drab existence, even if was hard to understand how she could really be interested in him.’
    • ‘Every one of them seemed to have a stream of people entering or leaving them, except for one, a squat building painted brightly against its drab background.’
    • ‘Looking around I could see clumps of snowdrops which brightened the drab countryside.’
    • ‘I also think many scenes look too drab and boring, when others are so bright and vivid, but I can't deny that the story works.’
    • ‘They jumped and turned about in time to see a gaunt, sour-faced gray man in drab clothing appear with a blue cap in his hand.’
    • ‘It continues to thrive on juxtapositions, the mixture of the shiny new gems and the bright life behind the drab facades of the old buildings.’
    • ‘Whatever this meeting brought, one thing for sure was that it would brighten my somewhat drab existence - my so-called life.’
    colourless, grey, greyish, dull, dull-coloured, washed out, neutral, pale, muted, lacklustre, lustreless, muddy, watery
    uninteresting, dull, boring, tedious, monotonous, dry, dreary, wearisome
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  • 2Of a dull light brown color.

    ‘drab camouflage uniforms’
    • ‘For the costumes they had gone quite traditional Isreali with long skirts for both sexes and very drab colours.’
    • ‘All of them wore their drab browns with the exception of their red-clad King.’
    • ‘Outside of the breeding season, the male is drab brown with hints of yellow and white wing-bars.’
    • ‘Set in the middle-of-nowhere, the color schemes of drab browns and blues enhance the terror already in the air.’
    • ‘Females are a mottled drab brown with a long, orange, black splotched bill, black crown, dark eye-line, and orange legs.’
    • ‘They were dressed in their brown drab uniform with armor strapped over it and sporting open faced helmets; they were the enemy.’
    • ‘The hall chosen for the day's meeting was covered in drab brown, and filled with seats in a semicircle arrangement, slanted down and around the stage, at the foot of the seating.’
    • ‘A drab brown little bird, it has a weak but musical song, which doesn't carry far but can be heard from low bushes or hedges.’
    • ‘After months in the desert, surrounded by drab camouflage gear, the soldiers smiled broadly at the flight attendants as they boarded the plane.’
    • ‘Despite its drab colour, Tokyo is immaculately clean.’
    • ‘They are colored to blend in with their sandy environment: most are whitish or drab brown, and many have red-tinged or dark mottling along the back and head.’
    • ‘Garbed in regally beaded, colorful gowns of orange and blue-green instead of their normally drab brown shifts, they looked almost like royalty.’
    • ‘They seemed to be called away from whatever task they happened to be doing, dressed in drab blacks, browns, and blues.’
    • ‘The castle was a dark grey in stone, built into a lush gray mountain, on top of earth that was a very drab shade of light black.’
    • ‘A splendid Stalagmite standing 2 to 3 feet high and set apart from the drab brown of the rest of the passage by its white crystalline purity greeted my ascent.’
    • ‘We captured nine drab males and nine bright males from each site.’
    • ‘As if dressing for their performance, the males turn from drab brown to a pale beige color that contrasts with the darker mud.’
    • ‘His hat matched his light brown, drab overcoat.’
    • ‘The shape-changer looked down at himself, observing drab brown feathers, barred and speckled, that covered a body half the size of the bird before him.’
    • ‘The jester was wearing drab brown, had tied his curly black hair back neatly, and on the whole looked like an entirely different person.’
    • ‘Part of this comes from the business, but part of it comes from creative use of drab colours.’

noun

  • Fabric of a dull brownish color.

Origin

Mid 16th century (as a noun denoting undyed cloth): probably from Old French drap cloth (see drape).

Pronunciation:

drab

/drab/

Main definitions of drab in English

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drab2

noun

Archaic
  • 1A slovenly woman.

  • 2A prostitute.

Origin

Early 16th century: perhaps related to Low German drabbe mire and Dutch drab dregs.

Pronunciation:

drab

/drab/