drab 1 [ drab ] SHOW IPA / dræb / PHONETIC RESPELLING 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. RELATED WORDS insipidness
boringness Nearby words dr. pepper, dr. strangelove, dr. t., dr. zhivago, draa, drabbet, drabble, drabble, margaret, dracaena, drachm Origin of drab 1 1535–45; < Middle French drap < Late Latin drappus piece of cloth Related forms drab·ly, adverb drab·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for drabness
drabness of the 1950s, her clothes were chic and slightly transgressive, but not haute couture.
So began a merry interlude in the
drabness of the Handsomebody regime.
Michael enjoyed Mr. Neech's eccentricities after the
drabness of the Special.
Thus the splendid dress of their chieftain this morning, in contrast to the
drabness of the ordinary tribal dress.
The loneliness and
drabness of working away from people are fatal to his best effort.
There was time to see the
drabness of his boarding place, so he changed it. British Dictionary definitions for drabness adjective drabber or drabbest dull; dingy; shabby cheerless; dreary a drab evening of the colour drab noun a light olive-brown colour a fabric of a dull grey or brown colour Derived Forms drably, adverb drabness, noun Word Origin for drab
C16: from Old French
drap cloth, from Late Latin drappus, perhaps of Celtic origin 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
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Word Origin and History for drabness n.
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.
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