adjective (drabber, drabbest)
- 1Lacking brightness or interest; drearily dull: the landscape was drab and grey her drab suburban existenceMore example sentences
colourless, grey, greyish, dull, dull-coloured, washed out, neutral, pale, muted, lacklustre, lustreless, muddy, watery; lightish brown, brownish, brownish-grey, mousy, dun-coloured; dingy, dreary, dismal, cheerless, gloomy, sombre, depressinguninteresting, dull, boring, tedious, monotonous, dry, dreary, wearisome; unexciting, bland, non-stimulating, unimaginative, uninspiring, uninspired, insipid, lustreless, lacklustre, vapid, flat, stale, trite, vacuous, feeble, pallid, wishy-washy, colourless, limp, lame, tired, lifeless, zestless, spiritless, sterile, anaemic, barren, tame, bloodless, antiseptic; middle-of-the-road, run-of-the-mill, commonplace, mediocre, nondescript, characterless, mundane, unexceptional, unremarkable, humdrum, prosaic
- Handicrafts have been directed not only to fulfil one's daily requirement but to add beauty and brightness in the otherwise dull and drab existence.
- Whatever this meeting brought, one thing for sure was that it would brighten my somewhat drab existence - my so-called life.
- It's the only point of interest in his excruciatingly drab life, which is rendered more unhappy by his incessant bullying at the hands of seven overbearing sisters.
- 2Of a dull light brown colour: drab camouflage uniformsMore example sentences
- 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.
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- 1.1 (drabs) Clothes, especially trousers, made of drab: a young man dressed in drabsMore example sentences
- 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.
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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.
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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?
mid 16th century (as a noun denoting undyed cloth): probably from Old French drap 'cloth' (see drape).