- The definition of drab is a boring or dull person or thing.
An example of drab is a dance party without any music.
- Drab is defined as a dull yellow to light olive brown color, or fabric this color, or a woman prostitute, or a very small amount.
- An example of drab is a faded yellowish-brown curtain.
- An example of drab is a woman who is a call girl and earns money for sex.
- An example of drab is a very small task that is accomplished: finished in dribs and drabs.
- a kind of cloth, esp. a yellowish-brown wool
- a dull yellowish brown
Origin of drab; from Old French drap, cloth ; from Vulgar Latin drappus ; from Indo-European an unverified form drop- ; from base an unverified form der-, to skin
- a. Of a dull grayish to yellowish brown.b. Of a light olive brown or khaki color.
- Faded and dull in appearance.
- Dull or commonplace in character; dreary: a drab personality. See Synonyms at dull.
- A dull grayish to yellowish or light olive brown.
- Cloth of this color or of an unbleached natural color.
Origin of drabAlteration of obsolete French drap, cloth, from Old French; see drape.
- A slovenly woman; a slattern.
- A woman prostitute.
intransitive verbdrabbed drabbed, drab·bing, drabs
Origin of drabPossibly of Celtic origin (akin to Scottish Gaelic dràbag and Irish Gaelic drabóg, slattern) or from Dutch drab, dregs.
Origin of drabProbably alteration of drib.
Middle English, meaning "color of undyed cloth", from Middle French drap (“cloth”), from Late Latin drappus (“drabcloth, kerchief”) (6th century, Vita Caesaris Arelatis) , from Gaulish *drappo, from Proto-Indo-European *drep- (“to scratch, tear”) (compare Old Norse trof (“fringes”), trefja (“to rub, wear out”), Lithuanian drãpanos (“household linens”), Serbo-Croatian drápati (“to scratch, scrape”), Ancient Greek δρέπω (drépein, “to pluck”), Avestan [script?] (drafša, “flag, banner”), Sanskrit द्रापि (drāpí, “mantle, gown”)).
(third-person singular simple present drabs, present participle drabbing, simple past and past participle drabbed)
- 1907, Justin Huntly McCarthy, Needles and pins, page 82:
- He did not relish the apparition of that Katherine, for when it appeared it seemed to bring with it a brother shadow that wore ragged clothes and tangled hair and foul linen, that drank from any flagon and drabbed with any doxy, that slept in tavern angles through hours of drunkenness, a thing whose fingers pillaged, filched, and pilfered when and where they could, a creature that once he saw whenever he stared into a mirror.
Origin uncertain; probably compare Irish drabog, Gaelic drabag (“dirty woman”).