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Drab vs. Dismal

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Drabnoun

A fabric, usually of thick cotton or wool, having a dull brownish yellow, dull grey, or dun colour.

Dismaladjective

Disappointingly inadequate.

‘He received a dismal compensation.’;

Drabnoun

The colour of this fabric.

Dismaladjective

Gloomy and bleak.

‘The storm made for a dismal weekend’;

Drabnoun

Often in the plural form drabs: apparel, especially trousers, made from this fabric.

Dismaladjective

Depressing.

‘She was lost in dismal thoughts of despair’;

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Drabnoun

(by extension) A dull or uninteresting appearance or situation, unremarkable.

Dismaladjective

Fatal; ill-omened; unlucky.

‘An ugly fiend more foul than dismal day.’;

Drabnoun

(dated) A dirty or untidy woman; a slattern.

Dismaladjective

Gloomy to the eye or ear; sorrowful and depressing to the feelings; foreboding; cheerless; dull; dreary; as, a dismal outlook; dismal stories; a dismal place.

‘Full well the busy whisper, circling round,Convey'd the dismal tidings when he frowned.’; ‘A dismal description of an English November.’;

Drabnoun

(dated) A promiscuous woman, a slut; a prostitute.

Dismaladjective

depressing in character or appearance;

‘drove through dingy streets’; ‘the dismal prison twilight’; ‘drab old buildings’; ‘a dreary mining town’; ‘gloomy tenements’; ‘sorry routine that follows on the heels of death’;

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Drabnoun

A small amount, especially of money.

Dismaladjective

causing dejection;

‘a blue day’; ‘the dark days of the war’; ‘a week of rainy depressing weather’; ‘a disconsolate winter landscape’; ‘the first dismal dispiriting days of November’; ‘a dark gloomy day’; ‘grim rainy weather’;

Drabnoun

A box used in a saltworks for holding the salt when taken out of the boiling pans.

Drabadjective

Of the colour of some types of drabcloth: dull brownish yellow or dun.

Drabadjective

(by extension) Particularly of colour: dull, uninteresting.

Drabverb

To consort with prostitutes; to whore.

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Drabnoun

A low, sluttish woman.

Drabnoun

A lewd wench; a strumpet.

Drabnoun

A wooden box, used in salt works for holding the salt when taken out of the boiling pans.

Drabnoun

A kind of thick woolen cloth of a dun, or dull brownish yellow, or dull gray, color; - called also drabcloth.

Drabnoun

A dull brownish yellow or dull gray color.

Drabverb

To associate with strumpets; to wench.

Drabadjective

Of a color between gray and brown.

Drabadjective

lacking in liveliness or charm or surprise;

‘her drab personality’; ‘life was drab compared with the more exciting life style overseas’; ‘a series of dreary dinner parties’;

Drabadjective

lacking brightness or color; dull;

‘drab faded curtains’; ‘sober Puritan gray’; ‘children in somber brown clothes’;

Drabadjective

depressing in character or appearance;

‘drove through dingy streets’; ‘the dismal prison twilight’; ‘drab old buildings’; ‘a dreary mining town’; ‘gloomy tenements’; ‘sorry routine that follows on the heels of death’;

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