from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a drab manner.

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

  • adv. in a drab manner


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • 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.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.