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[date : 1500-1600; Origin : drab '(dull-colored) cloth' (16-18 centuries), from Old French drap 'cloth']
1. not bright in colour, especially in a way that stops you from feeling cheerful SYN dull:
▪ The walls were painted a drab green.
2. boring SYN dull:
▪ people forced to live grey, drab existences in ugly towns
—drabness noun [UNCOUNTABLE]
⇨ dribs and drabs
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Paul grew tired of his drab, depressing life.
▪ When I came to Manchester from Brazil everything seemed so drab and colourless.
▪ You enter the drab office building half-expecting it to be abandoned.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Augusta was not at her best yesterday on a drab, grey day.
▪ Canvassing one day in a by-election in Essex, Martin was asked to cover a street of drab brick semis.
▪ I liked the town, for all its drab and muted calm; it seemed a safe place to be.
▪ She seemed to like her drab vista.
▪ Their clothes hung loosely on their frames, drab coats and washed-out dresses covered with a film of dust.
▪ Unfortunately, much of the drab utilitarianism of urban existence has come to be associated with the design philosophy of functionalism.
▪ We figured it was a bonus for having to put up with that drab Sunday issue.
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