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Definition of drab

 (Entry 1 of 5)


drabbed; drabbing

Definition of drab (Entry 2 of 5)

intransitive verb

: to associate with prostitutes a waster, an idler; drinking and drabbing— Aldous Huxley

Definition of drab (Entry 3 of 5)

1 textiles : any of various cloths of a dull brown or gray color dressed in drabs
2a : a light olive brown
b : a dull, lifeless, or faded appearance or quality
drabber; drabbest

Definition of drab (Entry 4 of 5)

1a : of the dull brown color of drab (see drab entry 3 sense 1)
b : of a light olive brown color : of the color drab (see drab entry 3 sense 2a)
2 : characterized by dullness and monotony : cheerless a drab life drab industrial buildings

Definition of drab (Entry 5 of 5)

: a small amount usually used in the phrase dribs and drabsreceiving donations in dribs and drabs

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Other Words from drab


drably adverb
drabness noun

Examples of drab in a Sentence

Adjective He lives a drab life. the new city hall promises to be another drab pile of masonry for the town

First Known Use of drab

Noun (1)

circa 1515, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1599, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (3)

1809, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for drab

Noun (1)

origin unknown


noun derivative of drab entry 1

Noun (2) and Adjective

Middle French drap cloth, from Late Latin drappus

Noun (3)

probably alteration of drib

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Time Traveler for drab

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The first known use of drab was circa 1515

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Cite this Entry

“Drab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drab. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of drab

: not bright or colorful : too plain or dull to be interesting
drabber; drabbest

Kids Definition of drab

1 : not bright or interesting : dull a drab apartment
2 : grayish brown in color

Other Words from drab

drably adverb
drabness noun

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