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  • adv. In a drab manner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a drab manner

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Examples

  • Bram's taste isn't for the obvious, and the images he's curated rarely display traditionally seductive or eye-catching gimmickry; landscapes are drably colored, ordinary people are shown in unembellished states of ordinariness.

    Larissa Archer: No Gimmicks at Fraction Magazine Group Show

  • Like a sun-drenched marigold in a field of late autumn leaves, Wolfe usually stood out among a faculty of rather drably dressed colleagues.

    Virginia Sanchez-Korrol: Of Teachers and History: A Brooklyn Memoir

  • But the would-be deity was also a shrewd faker, a sly self-inventor – he was born, a little too drably for his own taste, as Edward Muggeridge in Kingston upon Thames – and a busy self-promoter.

    Eadweard Muybridge: pioneer photographer

  • Now everything is even more drably gray than normal. bnitro

    EXTRALIFE – By Scott Johnson - ELR delayed one earth week…

  • Fat, ugly, repressed and drably dressed Charlotte, as played by Bette Davis in Now, Voyager, helped shape the image of the spinster for a generation.

    Another Year, same old witch-hunt

  • Today the UN investigators live and work in 50 drably furnished rooms spread out over the five floors of the Monteverde.

    Getting Away With Murder?

  • An exception to this pattern of bright liberal-dumb conservative was Lucas Alamán, a conspicuously intellectual defender of the status quo who stood out like a bird of brilliant plumage among a host of drably feathered Bishops, hacienda owners and (except for their uniforms) Generals.

    Lucas Alamán and the Mexican right (1792–1853)

  • She is so drably mottled that one tends to fix on her mate: his black face offset by a white collar and the soft rusty tone of the belly that seems a colour deeply apt to the season, matching shades within the reeds themselves or distant oaks.

    Country diary: Claxton, Norfolk

  • The physical look of the ghost differs very much from the typical black-haired, drably dressed ghosts that usually populate Asian horror.

    Watch Me (2007)

  • I make my way into HBCS to spy a look at their call center, where telephone operator after telephone operator sits in a drably lit matrix of cubicles, trying to cadge money from sick people and their families in eight-hour shifts, expected by management to hit quotas, as one automated call after another rolls in.

    FLY FISHING WITH DARTH VADER

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