Dull, dreary, dingy, depressing: These adjectives capture the sense of drab, whether the word is used to describe a muted color, a miserable mood, or an oppressively boring existence.

Have you ever heard of the color olive drab? It's the color the military clothes its soldiers in and is the original meaning of the word drab. A little over 100 years ago, people began using drab in the metaphorical sense to mean "dull" and "lacking brightness." If a website or an advertisement is drab, the page is boring and unattractive. If it is cold and rainy for a week, you'll get awfully tired of those drab days, and a great teacher can make even the drabbest book come to life.

Definitions of drab

n a dull greyish to yellowish or light olive brown

olive drab
Type of:
a yellow-green color of low brightness and saturation

adj lacking brightness or color; dull

drab faded curtains”
sober, somber, sombre
colorless, colourless
weak in color; not colorful

adj lacking in liveliness or charm or surprise

“her drab personality”
“life was drab compared with the more exciting life style overseas”
lacking in liveliness or animation

adj causing dejection

blue, dark, dingy, disconsolate, dismal, drear, dreary, gloomy, grim, sorry
cheerless, depressing, uncheerful
causing sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy

adj of a light brownish green color

being or having or characterized by hue

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