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Definition of "drab" []

  • Of a dull grayish to yellowish brown. (adjective)
  • Of a light olive brown or khaki color. (adjective)
  • Faded and dull in appearance. (adjective)
  • Dull or commonplace in character; dreary: a drab personality. See Synonyms at dull. (adjective)
  • A dull grayish to yellowish or light olive brown. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "drab" in a sentence
  • "I was often told to cut my hair, to wear shorter heels, to dress in drab colors."
  • "A young student of Germans and Jews, supporting himself on grant money and dressed warmly in drab sidewalk grays, beset by his ideas and his passion, he announces, “They are an immoral gaggle of sleazy, lying, undemocratic and dangerous, ulterior motive-driven despots.”"
  • "The language is difficult to understand and it is just plain drab to read."