drab-bed

drab

2 [drab]
noun
1.
a dirty, untidy woman; slattern.
2.
a prostitute.
verb (used without object), drabbed, drabbing.
3.
to associate with drabs.

Origin:
1505–15; perhaps akin to Dutch drab dregs, lees, obsolete Dutch drablen to run or tramp about; cf. drabble, draff

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drab1 (dræb)
 
adj , drabber, drabbest
1.  dull; dingy; shabby
2.  cheerless; dreary: a drab evening
3.  of the colour drab
 
n
4.  a light olive-brown colour
5.  a fabric of a dull grey or brown colour
 
[C16: from Old French drap cloth, from Late Latin drappus, perhaps of Celtic origin]
 
'drably1
 
adv
 
'drabness1
 
n

drab2 (dræb)
 
n
1.  a slatternly woman
2.  a whore
 
vb , drabs, drabbing, drabbed
3.  (intr) to consort with prostitutes
 
[C16: of Celtic origin; compare Scottish Gaelic drabag]

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drab
1686, "color of natural, undyed cloth," from M.Fr. drap (see drape). Figurative sense is c.1880. Apparently not related to earlier word meaning "a dirty, untidy woman" (c.1515), "a prostitute" (c.1530), which seems to be connected with Ir. drabog, Gael. drabag "dirty woman,"
and perhaps with Low Ger. drabbe "dirt."
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