[ UK /dɹˈæbnəs/ ]
  1. having a drab or dowdy quality; lacking stylishness or elegance
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How To Use drabness In A Sentence

  • It's the unrelieved drabness of big industrial cities that depresses me.
  • These windows have bright red and orange curtains; the clash with the penitential drabness of the rest of the building is peculiar.
  • The building's massing is the only thing that rescues it from complete monolithic drabness. Keeping 'Home' Out of Sight
  • On the windowsill flower arrangements added color to the drabness of the room. Miracles, Inc.
  • I admire Indian women here who have lived in this nation for decades who still wear the beautiful tunic suits or saris of their homeland; a beacon of loveliness in a Maoist landscape; what orwell called a 'tyranny of drabness'. i also admire the middle Eastern women in my neighbourhood always so elegant in their scarves and flowing robes, so beautifully put together and ready for anything! Alfred Augustus Glendening 1861-1903
  • It is a wonderful book, rich with feeling and detail and sensuality, and a perfect antidote to the drabness of London in winter.
  • I got the underpainting done today, experiencing the old feeling that a nice fresh drawing was being submerged in a more or less monotone drabness.
  • The contrast between the plain exterior and the immensely rich interior is like a sharp blow: perhaps an intended device to remind us of the drabness of the outer life and the vibrant richness of the inner life?
  • Moreover, ways must be found to create communal urban space capable of mitigating the drabness and dreariness of most public housing developments.
  • On my earlier visits to East Berlin, I was always told that the contrast between the western and eastern sectors was artificial, and that I must go farther east to see real signs of growth in the D.D.R. This I did, early this summer; but the pattern of grey drabness is the same. Germany: The Anatomy of a Crisis
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