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drab

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[ drab ]
/ dræb /
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adjective, drab·ber, drab·best.

dull; cheerless; lacking in spirit, brightness, etc.
having the color drab.

noun

dull gray; dull brownish or yellowish gray.
any of several fabrics of this color, especially of thick wool or cotton.

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Origin of drab

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1535–45; <Middle French drap<Late Latin drappus piece of cloth
drably, adverbdrabness, noun

Definition for drab (2 of 2)

drab2
[ drab ]
/ dræb /

noun

a dirty, untidy woman; slattern.
a prostitute.

verb (used without object), drabbed, drab·bing.

to associate with drabs.

Origin of drab

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1505–15; perhaps akin to Dutch drab dregs, lees, obsolete Dutch drablen to run or tramp about; cf. drabble, draff
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British Dictionary definitions for drab (1 of 2)

drab1
/ (dræb) /

adjective drabber or drabbest

dull; dingy; shabby
cheerless; drearya drab evening
of the colour drab

noun

a light olive-brown colour
a fabric of a dull grey or brown colour
drably, adverbdrabness, noun
C16: from Old French drap cloth, from Late Latin drappus, perhaps of Celtic origin

British Dictionary definitions for drab (2 of 2)

drab2
/ (dræb) archaic /

noun

a slatternly woman
a whore

verb drabs, drabbing or drabbed

(intr) to consort with prostitutes
C16: of Celtic origin; compare Scottish Gaelic drabag
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Idioms and Phrases with drab

drab

see dribs and drabs.

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