adjective, drab·ber, drab·best.
Origin of drab1
Definition for drab (2 of 2)
verb (used without object), drabbed, drab·bing.
Examples from the Web for drab
But why do the outdoor scenes look as dank and drab as the gas-lit, sepia-toned interiors?
It is long past time for the drab Republican stalwarts to turn to a low-key but heavy-lifting leader.
The country grew tired of the relentless pictures of death in drab on the evening news and an economy out of control.
Gottlieb waxes this drab compromise to high luster, calling it “taking the best available option and appreciating it.”
Berlusconi is tolerated by Italians at least in part because he offers a colorful alternative to a government of drab bureaucrats.
He felt certain that the freighter had entirely eluded the vigilance of those on board the drab boat.The Motor Boat Club and The Wireless|H. Irving Hancock
And then she turned and, gently pushing the drab creature before her, went up the walk and into the house.Stubble|George Looms
We had left our bags outside and I took up a position near the door where I could watch the twisting ruts of the drab road.The Portal of Dreams|Charles Neville Buck
And so I bowed to fate, and converted the drab portmanteau and all its contents into the compactest form.The Recipe for Diamonds|Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne
A field officer took his papers and waved him toward a row of drab buildings.A Yankee Flier in Italy|Rutherford G. Montgomery
British Dictionary definitions for drab (1 of 2)
adjective drabber or drabbest
Word Origin for drab
British Dictionary definitions for drab (2 of 2)
verb drabs, drabbing or drabbed
Word Origin for drab
Word Origin and History for drab
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.
Idioms and Phrases with drab
see dribs and drabs.