After the drabness of the 1950s, her clothes were chic and slightly transgressive, but not haute couture.
The rays of the setting sun brought out the drabness of her.
So began a merry interlude in the drabness of the Handsomebody regime.
There was time to see the drabness of his boarding place, so he changed it.
Neither dress nor ceremony had yet been curtailed by the drabness of Democracy.
I want to sit on its benches again in spite of their treacherous bleakness, in spite of the drabness.
Michael enjoyed Mr. Neech's eccentricities after the drabness of the Special.
In a place such as this was, anyone would crave relief from its drabness.
She was tired of the drabness and clutter of crowded foregrounds.
There was a weary sort of patience, a disillusioned concession to the drabness of married life.
1680s, "color of natural, undyed cloth," from Middle French drap (see drape (n.)). Figurative sense is c.1880. Apparently not related to earlier word meaning "a dirty, untidy woman" (1510s), "a prostitute" (1520s), which seems to be connected with Irish drabog, Gaelic drabag "dirty woman," and perhaps with Low German drabbe "dirt." Ultimately perhaps from PIE *dher- "to make muddy." Meaning "small, petty debt" (the sense in dribs and drabs) is 1828, of uncertain connection to the other senses.