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drab1 / drab/ • adj. (drab·ber , drab·best ) 1. lacking brightness or interest; drearily dull: the landscape was drab and gray | her drab suburban existence. 2. of a dull light brown color: drab camouflage uniforms. • n. fabric of a dull brownish color. DERIVATIVES: drab·ly adv. drab·ness n. drab2 • n. archaic 1. a slovenly woman. 2. a prostitute.

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drab 2 †kind of cloth XVI; (adj.) dull yellowishbrown colour XVII. prob. alt. of †darp cloth (of which it was an alternative form XVII–XVIII) — (O)F. — late L. drappus (see DRAPE).

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drabblab, cab, confab, crab, Crabbe, dab, drab, fab, flab, gab, grab, jab, kebab, lab, nab, scab, slab, smash-and-grab, stab, tab •Moab • baobab • rehab • pedicab •minicab • taxicab • Skylab

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drab 1 slattern; harlot. XVI. prob. in orig. a cant or slang word; perh. from Du. or LG., cf. Du. drab dregs, LG. drabbe thick dirty liquid, mire.

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