drab Definition

  • 1lacking brightness or interest; drearily dull
  • 2a dull, light brown color

Using drab: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "drab" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

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    The room was painted in drab colors.

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    She wore a drab outfit to the party.

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    The movie was a drab affair with no excitement.

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    The city's architecture is drab and uninspiring.

drab Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with drab

  • a dull, grayish-green color


    The military uniforms were colored in drab olive.

  • the feeling of monotony and lack of excitement in everyday life


    He was tired of the drabness of life in the small town.

  • drab-colored bird

    a bird with dull, brownish-gray feathers


    The sparrow is a common drab-colored bird found in many parts of the world.

Origins of drab

originated from Middle Low German 'drabbe', meaning 'dregs'


Summary: drab in Brief

'Drab' [dræb] describes something that is lacking in brightness or interest, often appearing dull or tedious. It can refer to both colors and situations, as in 'The room was painted in drab colors.' 'Drab' can also be used to describe people or clothing, as in 'She wore a drab outfit to the party.'

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