There are 2 definitions of drab in English:

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adjective (drabber, drabbest)

  • 2Of a dull light brown colour: drab camouflage uniforms
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    • His hat matched his light brown, drab overcoat.
    • They were dressed in their brown drab uniform with armor strapped over it and sporting open faced helmets; they were the enemy.
    • As if dressing for their performance, the males turn from drab brown to a pale beige color that contrasts with the darker mud.

noun

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  • 1Fabric of a dull light brown colour.
  • 1.1 (drabs) Clothes, especially trousers, made of drab: a young man dressed in drabs
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    • They wore beige camouflage drabs, a black helmet, which also doubled as a gas mask, and wore revlar vests.
    • They wore winter drabs, and I couldn't decide whether they were Australasian or Hoary-headed grebes.
    • Oh, and don't forget heartburn suffered by many when an Army battle dress uniform was pressed upon us in exchange for the old olive drabs.

Derivatives

drably

adverb
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  • This time she wasn't dressing as drably as possible.
  • That headline reads like the title of a Monty Python sketch or an obscure, slightly funny but drably photographed art-house movie.
  • ‘I was terrified that the first episode began so slowly and drably that it would put people off,’ he admits.

drabness

noun
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  • I got the underpainting done today, experiencing the old feeling that a nice fresh drawing was being submerged in a more or less monotone drabness.
  • Moreover, ways must be found to create communal urban space capable of mitigating the drabness and dreariness of most public housing developments.
  • The contrast between the plain exterior and the immensely rich interior is like a sharp blow: perhaps an intended device to remind us of the drabness of the outer life and the vibrant richness of the inner life?

Origin

mid 16th century (as a noun denoting undyed cloth): probably from Old French drap 'cloth' (see drape).

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There are 2 definitions of drab in English:

drab2

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noun

archaic
  • 1A slovenly woman.
  • 2A prostitute.

Origin

early 16th century: perhaps related to Low German drabbe 'mire' and Dutch drab 'dregs'.

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