drab

1
[ drab ]
/ dræb /

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.

Origin of drab

1
1535–45; < Middle French drap < Late Latin drappus piece of cloth

Related forms

drab·ly, adverbdrab·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for drabness (1 of 2)

drab

1
/ (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

Derived Forms

drably, adverbdrabness, noun

Word Origin for drab

C16: from Old French drap cloth, from Late Latin drappus, perhaps of Celtic origin

British Dictionary definitions for drabness (2 of 2)

drab

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/ (dræb) archaic /

noun

a slatternly woman
a whore

verb drabs, drabbing or drabbed

(intr) to consort with prostitutes

Word Origin for drab

C16: of Celtic origin; compare Scottish Gaelic drabag
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Idioms and Phrases with drabness

drab


see dribs and drabs.

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