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Word: drab

Definition: dull; lacking color; cheerless ; Ex. drab coat/life


Sentences Containing 'drab'

"A drab of stat, a cloth-o'-silver slut, To have her train borne up, and her soul trail in the dirt."
A drab olive or olive-grey bird, the Mangrove Vireo has yellow lores and two white wing bars.
Consulting with designer Orry-Kelly, she suggested a drab outfit, including an ugly foulard dress for Charlotte initially, to contrast with the stylish, "timeless" creations that mark her later appearance on the cruise ship.
Enoplan nemerteans are generally small, from less than up to , although larger species exist. While most nemerteans are rather drab in color, others are more conspicuous with striking pigment patterns and coloration.
For young servicemen who had spent six years fighting fascism, postwar Britain was a drab, oppressive place.
Goaded into action by the Allens' observation that their drab lives as farmers remain unchanged, Donavan leads the pair in a bank robbery just as Arrila meets Chris and Noah in the street outside the bank.
He wore rather baggy grey shepherd's check trousers, a not over-clean black frock-coat, unbuttoned in the front, and a drab waistcoat with a heavy brassy Albert chain, and a square pierced bit of metal dangling down as an ornament.
His broad-brim was placed beside him; his legs were stiffly crossed; his drab vesture was buttoned up to his chin; and spectacles on nose, he seemed absorbed in reading from a ponderous volume.
Ian McDonald criticised the song as "an unpreposessing shambles of ersatz hysteria and jumbled double-tracking", saying it was "little better" than Williams' "drab twelve-bar boogie" original. "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" also appeared in a live solo version by Lennon on the Plastic Ono Band's "Live Peace in Toronto 1969".
Meanwhile Captain Bildad sat earnestly and steadfastly eyeing Queequeg, and at last rising solemnly and fumbling in the huge pockets of his broad-skirted drab coat, took out a bundle of tracts, and selecting one entitled "The Latter Day Coming; or No Time to Lose," placed it in Queequeg's hands, and then grasping them and the book with both his, looked earnestly into his eyes, and said, "Son of darkness, I must do my duty by thee; I am part owner of this ship, and feel concerned for the souls of all its crew; if thou still clingest to thy Pagan ways, which I sadly fear, I beseech thee, remain not for aye a Belial bondsman.
Out of the cabin, ye canting, drab-coloured son of a wooden gun--a straight wake with ye!"
Peridioles may be dark, or a drab gray if still covered with a thin membrane called a tunica.
Rendered complete by drab pantaloons and a buff waistcoat, I thought Mr. Barkis a phenomenon of respectability.
Rising from a little cabin-boy in short clothes of the drabbest drab, to a harpooneer in a broad shad-bellied waistcoat; from that becoming boat-header, chief-mate, and captain, and finally a ship owner; Bildad, as I hinted before, had concluded his adventurous career by wholly retiring from active life at the goodly age of sixty, and dedicating his remaining days to the quiet receiving of his well-earned income.
She blamed the harsh reviews ("The New York Times" referred to it as ""...a drab and embarrassing display of emotional exhibitionism masquerading as entertainment"") and told the "New York Post": ""These men York critics are curmudgeons, and maybe I went too close to the bone for them.
The antireligious press lost much creativity in the 1930s and often regurgitated the same routine of hate propaganda from publication to publication along with drab articles that praised state policies or called on people to be good citizens.
The body consists of a hollow steel shell containing high explosive (either TNT or Composition B) painted olive drab with yellow markings.
The Drab Hemispingus ("Hemispingus xanthophthalmus") is a species of bird in the Thraupidae family.
The gentleman spoken of was a gentleman with a very unpromising squint, and a prominent chin, who had a tall white hat on with a narrow flat brim, and whose close-fitting drab trousers seemed to button all the way up outside his legs from his boots to his hips.
The woodland subdued tab is identical, except the background is olive drab and the word "SAPPER" is in black letters.
Their drab dark grey-brown, sightly pin-striped plumage is unconspicuous and does not differ between the sexes.
Unlike many of the brighter forest dwelling turacos these are birds of African open country and have drab grey and white plumage.
Wallace also argued that Darwin too much favored the bright colors of the male peacock as adaptive without realizing that the "drab" peahen's coloration is itself adaptive, as camouflage.
When Bildad was a chief-mate, to have his drab-coloured eye intently looking at you, made you feel completely nervous, till you could clutch something--a hammer or a marling-spike, and go to work like mad, at something or other, never mind what.
``A drab of state, a cloth o'silver slut, To have her train borne up, and her soul trail in the dirt.''

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