Adjective "drab" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Lacking brightness or interest; drearily dull.
  1. 'her drab suburban existence'
  2. '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.'
  3. 'It continues to thrive on juxtapositions, the mixture of the shiny new gems and the bright life behind the drab facades of the old buildings.'
  4. 'As soon as the door closed behind her I hurried to the dirty window in the front room and I watched as she walked down the street looking remarkably out of place in the drab surroundings in her bright green dress.'
  5. 'Every one of them seemed to have a stream of people entering or leaving them, except for one, a squat building painted brightly against its drab background.'
  6. '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.'
  7. 'They jumped and turned about in time to see a gaunt, sour-faced gray man in drab clothing appear with a blue cap in his hand.'
  8. 'Grouping four or five boxwood in one area and using different sized pots make an eyecatching bright green display to brighten up an otherwise drab spot.'
  9. 'To be fair, much of that is probably due to the general lack of interest in Howard's drab party.'
  10. 'She offered Billy a clear route of escape from his drab existence, even if was hard to understand how she could really be interested in him.'
  11. 'A great performance by Polanski as the boring, drab office worker who slowly goes insane, and, consequently, sheds his inhibited personality.'
Of a dull light brown colour.
  1. 'All of them wore their drab browns with the exception of their red-clad King.'
  2. 'Part of this comes from the business, but part of it comes from creative use of drab colours.'
  3. 'As if dressing for their performance, the males turn from drab brown to a pale beige color that contrasts with the darker mud.'
  4. 'The hall chosen for the day's meeting was covered in drab brown, and filled with seats in a semicircle arrangement, slanted down and around the stage, at the foot of the seating.'
  5. 'We captured nine drab males and nine bright males from each site.'
  6. 'They were dressed in their brown drab uniform with armor strapped over it and sporting open faced helmets; they were the enemy.'
  7. 'Despite its drab colour, Tokyo is immaculately clean.'
  8. 'For the costumes they had gone quite traditional Isreali with long skirts for both sexes and very drab colours.'
  9. 'Garbed in regally beaded, colorful gowns of orange and blue-green instead of their normally drab brown shifts, they looked almost like royalty.'
  10. 'Outside of the breeding season, the male is drab brown with hints of yellow and white wing-bars.'
  11. 'They seemed to be called away from whatever task they happened to be doing, dressed in drab blacks, browns, and blues.'


Fabric of a dull light brown colour.
  1. 'They wore winter drabs, and I couldn't decide whether they were Australasian or Hoary-headed grebes.'
  2. 'They wore beige camouflage drabs, a black helmet, which also doubled as a gas mask, and wore revlar vests.'


A slovenly woman.
    A prostitute.


      adjective, drabber, drabbest.

      1. dull; cheerless; lacking in spirit, brightness, etc.

      2. having the color drab.


      3. dull gray; dull brownish or yellowish gray.

      4. any of several fabrics of this color, especially of thick wool or cotton.

      More examples(as adjective)

      "facts can be drab in extremes."

      "people can be drab as stations."

      "people can be drab."

      "offices can be drab."

      "days can be drab."

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      (drab)Early 16th century: perhaps related to Low German drabbe ‘mire’ and Dutch drab ‘dregs’.