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Definition of the adjective drab

What does drab mean as an attribute of a noun?

Drab is one of the top 1000 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: drabber | drabbest

  1. lacking in liveliness or charm or surprise
    • examples: her drab personality | life was drab compared with the more exciting life style overseas
    • synonym of drab: dreary
    • similar: dull
  2. lacking brightness or color; dull
  3. of a light brownish green color
  4. causing dejection

Alternative definition of the adjective drab


  1. Dull, uninteresting, particularly of colour.

Definition of the noun drab

What does drab mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: drabs

  1. a dull greyish to yellowish or light olive brown
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of drab: olive drab
    • more generic word: olive = a yellow-green color of low brightness and saturation

Alternative definition of the noun drab


  1. A fabric, usually of thick wool or cotton, having a drab blee or colour.
  2. A wooden box, used in salt works for holding the salt when taken out of the boiling pans.
  3. [dated] A dirty or untidy woman; a slattern.
  4. [dated] A promiscuous woman, a slut; a prostitute.

Definition of the verb drab

What does drab mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: drabbed | drabbing | drabs

  1. [obsolete] To consort with prostitutes.

Phrases with drab

Phrases starting with the word drab:

  1. Drab Jewfish
  2. Drab Myzomela
  3. Drab Phacelia
  4. Drab Whistler
  5. Drab Seedeater
  6. Drab Tonguefish
  7. Drab Hemispingus
  8. Drab Water Tyrant
  9. Drab Atlantic Tree-Rat
  10. Drab-Breasted Bamboo Tyrant

Phrases ending with the word drab:

  1. Very Drab
  2. olive drab
  3. olive-drab

Other phrase containing the word drab:

  1. olive-drab uniform


Drab is a dull light brown color. It originally took its name from a fabric of the same color,...

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for drab

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Materials, Parts and Finishes, Second Edition (2002)

by Mel Schwartz

Maximum corrosion protection is obtained by using drab or dark bronze coatings on zinc and cadmium surfaces, and yellow to brown- colored coatings on the other metals. Lighter iridescent yellow type coatings generally provide medium ...

Google previewCole's Encyclopedia of Dry Goods (1900)

A Reference Book for the Wholesale and Retail Dry Goods Trade of the United States, Containing a Descriptive List of All the Standard Fabrics, Garments, and Related Articles of Merchandise ... with a History of Cotton, Silk, Wool, Flax, Jute, Ramie, Hemp and Other Commercial Fibers, and a Full Description of the Processes of Carding, Spinning, Weaving, Bleaching, Dyeing and Printing ... by George S. Cole

Skins of this kind are both soft tanned and oil tanned; when soft tanned they are usually dyed a drab color or bleached a very light yellow. The leather is frequently marred by unsightly scars, originating from scratches received by the animal in ...

Google previewLexicon of Geologic Names of the United States: A-L (1938)

thick, weathering drab, yellowish, or brown, 450 to 500 ft.

Google previewEncyclopaedia; Or, A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature; Constructed on a Plan, by which the Different Sciences and Arts are Digested Into the Form of Distinct Treatises of Systems ... [& Supplement] (1803)

Thus it cloth be previously combined with brown oxyd of iron, and afterwards dyed yellow with quercitron bark, the result will be a drab of different lhades, according to the proportion ol mordant employed. When the proportion is small, the ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Old Fishing Lures (2011)

Made in North America by Robert A. Slade

26-YP--Yellow, olive drab back, red eye. 27-WB—White, black head and spots, red eye. ZB-WR—White, recl head and spots, bltlck eye. 29-Y—Yellow with green and black spots, red eye, 29-YR—Yellaw with green and red spots, red eye.

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Quotes about drab

To be with the same person for the rest of your life just sounds so drab. (Eva Longoria)
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Scrabble value of D2R1A1B3

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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