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drab

play
noun \ˈdrab\

Definition of drab

  1. 1 :  slattern

  2. 2 :  prostitute

Origin and Etymology of drab

origin unknown


First Known Use: circa 1515


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drab

verb

Definition of drab

drabbed

drabbing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to associate with prostitutes

1599

First Known Use of drab

1599


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drab

noun

Definition of drab

  1. 1 :  any of various cloths of a dull brown or gray color

  2. 2 a :  a light olive brown b :  a dull, lifeless, or faded appearance or quality

Origin and Etymology of drab

Middle French drap cloth, from Late Latin drappus


First Known Use: 1541


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drab

adjective

Definition of drab

drabber

drabbest

  1. 1 a :  of the dull brown color of drab b :  of the color drab

  2. 2 :  characterized by dullness and monotony :  cheerless <a drab life>

drably

adverb

drabness

noun

Examples of drab in a sentence

  1. He lives a drab life.

  2. <the new city hall promises to be another drab pile of masonry for the town>

1686

First Known Use of drab

1686


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drab

noun

Definition of drab

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

Origin and Etymology of drab

probably alteration of drib


First Known Use: 1809



DRAB Defined for English Language Learners


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drab

adjective

Definition of drab for English Language Learners

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


DRAB Defined for Kids

drab

play
adjective

Definition of drab for Students

drabber

drabbest

  1. 1 :  not bright or interesting :  dull <a drab apartment>

  2. 2 :  grayish brown in color

drably

adverb

drabness

noun

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