drab


1drab

noun \ˈdrab\

Definition of DRAB

1
:  slattern
2

Origin of DRAB

origin unknown
First Known Use: circa 1515

Rhymes with DRAB

2drab

verb
drabbeddrab·bing

Definition of DRAB

intransitive verb
:  to associate with prostitutes

First Known Use of DRAB

1599

3drab

noun

Definition of DRAB

1
:  any of various cloths of a dull brown or gray color
2
a :  a light olive brown
b :  a dull, lifeless, or faded appearance or quality

Origin of DRAB

Middle French drap cloth, from Late Latin drappus
First Known Use: 1541

Other Color Terms

argentine, cerise, cerulean, cyan, ocher, perse, puce, taupe, vermilion

4drab

adjective

: not bright or colorful : too plain or dull to be interesting

drab·berdrab·best

Full Definition of DRAB

1
a :  of the dull brown color of drab
b :  of the color drab
2
:  characterized by dullness and monotony :  cheerless <a drab life>
drab·ly adverb
drab·ness noun

Examples of DRAB

  1. He lives a drab life.
  2. <the new city hall promises to be another drab pile of masonry for the town>

First Known Use of DRAB

1686

Related to DRAB

Synonyms
arid, colorless, boring, dreary, drudging, dry, dull, dusty, flat, heavy, ho-hum, humdrum, jading, jejune, leaden, mind-numbing, monochromatic, monotonous, numbing, old, pedestrian, ponderous, slow, stale, stodgy, stuffy, stupid, tame, tedious, tiresome, tiring, uninteresting, wearisome, weary, wearying
Antonyms
absorbing, engaging, engrossing, gripping, interesting, intriguing, involving, riveting

Other Color Terms

argentine, cerise, cerulean, cyan, ocher, perse, puce, taupe, vermilion

5drab

noun

Definition of DRAB

:  a small amount —usually used in the phrase dribs and drabs <receiving donations in dribs and drabs>

Origin of DRAB

probably alteration of drib
First Known Use: 1809

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