- adj. 单调的；土褐色的
- n. 浅褐色；无生气；邋遢；小额
- vt. 使无生气
- vi. 嫖妓
- n. (Drab)人名；(匈)德劳布；(法)德拉布
1. drap- => drab (辅音音变).
2. drape => drab.
3. => originally "color of natural, undyed cloth".
4. The word came to be used particularly for natural undyed cloth, of a dull yellowish-brown colour, and hence for the colour itself.
- drab:  Drab is a variant of the now obsolete form drap, which was borrowed from Old French drap ‘cloth’ (source also of English drape, draper, and trappings). It was originally a noun meaning ‘cloth’ in English too, but the beginnings of its transition to the modern English adjective meaning ‘faded and dull’ can be seen in the 17th century.
The word came to be used particularly for natural undyed cloth, of a dull yellowish-brown colour, and hence for the colour itself (an application best preserved in the olive-drab colour of American service uniforms). The figurative development to ‘dull and faded’ is a comparatively recent one, first recorded a little over a hundred years ago.
=> drape, trappings
- drab (n.)
- 1680s, "color of natural, undyed cloth," from Middle French drap "cloth, piece of cloth" (see drape (v.)). Figurative sense is c. 1880. Apparently not related to earlier word drab, meaning "a dirty, untidy woman" (1510s), "a prostitute" (1520s), which might be related to Irish drabog, Gaelic drabag "dirty woman," or perhaps it is connected with Low German drabbe "dirt;" compare drabble (Middle English drabelen) "to soil (something); trail in the mud or on the ground" (c. 1400). Ultimately perhaps from PIE *dher- (1) "to make muddy." Meaning "small, petty debt" (the sense in dribs and drabs) is 1828, of uncertain connection to the other senses.
- 1. The rest of the day'sactivities often seemed drab or depressing.
- 2. In the Middle Ages the term "drab" denoted a very simple type of woollen cloth which was used by peasants to make their clothes.
- 3. Mary was wearing the same drab grey dress.
- 4. The city, drab and dour by day, is transformed at night.
- 5. a cold drab little office
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