Other forms: drabs; drabbing; drabbed; drabber; drabbest

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
  1. noun
    a dull greyish to yellowish or light olive brown
    synonyms: olive drab
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    a yellow-green color of low brightness and saturation
  2. adjective
    lacking brightness or color; dull
    drab faded curtains”
    synonyms: sober, somber, sombre
    colorless, colourless
    weak in color; not colorful
  3. adjective
    lacking in liveliness or charm or surprise
    “her drab personality”
    “life was drab compared with the more exciting life style overseas”
    synonyms: dreary
    lacking in liveliness or animation
  4. adjective
    causing dejection
    synonyms: blue, dark, dingy, disconsolate, dismal, drear, dreary, gloomy, grim, sorry
    cheerless, depressing, uncheerful
    causing sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy
  5. adjective
    of a light brownish green color
    synonyms: olive-drab
    being, having, or characterized by hue
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