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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DRABNESS

The rays of the setting sun brought out the drabness of her.

So began a merry interlude in the drabness of the Handsomebody regime.

There was time to see the drabness of his boarding place, so he changed it.

Neither dress nor ceremony had yet been curtailed by the drabness of Democracy.

Michael enjoyed Mr. Neech's eccentricities after the drabness of the Special.

She was tired of the drabness and clutter of crowded foregrounds.

The loneliness and drabness of working away from people are fatal to his best effort.

We know that it is our sacred mission to save the world from the drabness of modern democracy.

In the air was a drone of drab creatures being happy in their drabness, rejoicing in the waste, thoughtless of the future.

There was a weary sort of patience, a disillusioned concession to the drabness of married life.

WORD ORIGIN

1680s, "color of natural, undyed cloth," from Middle French drap (see drape (n.)). Figurative sense is c.1880. Apparently not related to earlier word meaning "a dirty, untidy woman" (1510s), "a prostitute" (1520s), which seems to be connected with Irish drabog, Gaelic drabag "dirty woman," and perhaps with Low German drabbe "dirt." Ultimately perhaps from PIE *dher- "to make muddy." Meaning "small, petty debt" (the sense in dribs and drabs) is 1828, of uncertain connection to the other senses.

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