drably

drab

1 [drab]
adjective, drabber, drabbest.
1.
dull; cheerless; lacking in spirit, brightness, etc.
2.
having the color drab.
noun
3.
dull gray; dull brownish or yellowish gray.
4.
any of several fabrics of this color, especially of thick wool or cotton.

Origin:
1535–45; < Middle French drap < Late Latin drappus piece of cloth

drably, adverb
drabness, noun
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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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