Drab vs. Dull

Drab vs. Dull — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Drab and Dull

Drabadjective

Of a dull grayish to yellowish brown.

Dulladjective

Arousing little interest; lacking liveliness; boring

a dull movie.

Drabadjective

Of a light olive brown or khaki color.

Dulladjective

Not brisk or rapid; sluggish

Business has been dull.

Drabadjective

Faded and dull in appearance.

Dulladjective

Not having a sharp edge or point; blunt

a dull knife.
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Drabadjective

Dull or commonplace in character; dreary

a drab personality.

Dulladjective

Not intensely or keenly felt

a dull ache.

Drabnoun

A dull grayish to yellowish or light olive brown.

Dulladjective

Not bright, vivid, or shiny

a dull brown.a glaze with a dull finish.

Drabnoun

Cloth of this color or of an unbleached natural color.

Dulladjective

Cloudy or overcast

a dull sky.
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Drabnoun

A slovenly woman; a slattern.

Dulladjective

Not clear or resonant

a dull thud.

Drabnoun

A woman prostitute.

Dulladjective

Intellectually weak or obtuse; stupid.

Drabnoun

A negligible amount

finished the work in dribs and drabs.

Dulladjective

Lacking responsiveness or alertness; insensitive

half-asleep and dull to the noises in the next room.

Drabverb

To consort with prostitutes

"Even amid his drabbing, he himself retained some virginal airs" (Stanislaus Joyce).

Dulladjective

Dispirited; depressed

a dull mood.

Drabnoun

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

Dullverb

To make or become dull.

Drabnoun

The colour of this fabric.

Dulladjective

Lacking the ability to cut easily; not sharp.

All these knives are dull.

Drabnoun

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

Dulladjective

Boring; not exciting or interesting.

He sat through the dull lecture and barely stayed awake.When does having a dull personality ever get you a girlfriend? Even if you get one, how does being dull help you keep a relationship for over a year?

Drabnoun

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

Dulladjective

Not shiny; having a matte finish or no particular luster or brightness.

Choose a dull finish to hide fingerprints.a dull fire or lamp;a dull red or yellow;a dull mirror

Drabnoun

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

Dulladjective

Not bright or intelligent; stupid; slow of understanding.

Drabnoun

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

Dulladjective

Sluggish, listless.

Drabnoun

A small amount, especially of money.

Dulladjective

Cloudy, overcast.

It's a dull day.

Drabnoun

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

Dulladjective

Insensible; unfeeling.

Drabadjective

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

Dulladjective

Heavy; lifeless; inert.

Drabadjective

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

Dulladjective

(of pain etc) Not intense; felt indistinctly or only slightly.

Pressing on the bruise produces a dull pain.

Drabverb

To consort with prostitutes; to whore.

Dulladjective

Not clear, muffled.

Drabadjective

lacking in liveliness or charm or surprise;

her drab personalitylife was drab compared with the more exciting life style overseasa series of dreary dinner parties

Dullverb

(transitive) To render dull; to remove or blunt an edge or something that was sharp.

Years of misuse have dulled the tools.

Drabadjective

lacking brightness or color; dull;

drab faded curtainssober Puritan graychildren in somber brown clothes

Dullverb

(transitive) To soften, moderate or blunt; to make dull, stupid, or sluggish; to stupefy.

He drinks to dull the pain.

Drabadjective

depressing in character or appearance;

drove through dingy streetsthe dismal prison twilightdrab old buildingsa dreary mining towngloomy tenementssorry routine that follows on the heels of death

Dullverb

(intransitive) To lose a sharp edge; to become dull.

A razor will dull with use.

Dullverb

To render dim or obscure; to sully; to tarnish.

Dullverb

make dull in appearance;

Age had dulled the surface

Dullverb

become dull or lusterless in appearance; lose shine or brightness;

the varnished table top dulled with time

Dullverb

deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping

Dullverb

make numb or insensitive;

The shock numbed her senses

Dullverb

make dull or blunt;

Too much cutting dulls the knife's edge

Dullverb

become less interesting or attractive

Dullverb

make less lively or vigorous;

Middle age dulled her appetite for travel

Dulladjective

lacking in liveliness or animation;

he was so dull at partiesa dull political campaigna large dull impassive mandull days with nothing to dohow dull and dreary the world isfell back into one of her dull moods

Dulladjective

emitting or reflecting very little light;

a dull glowdull silver badly in need of a polisha dull sky

Dulladjective

being or made softer or less loud or clear;

the dull boom of distant breaking wavesmuffled drumsthe muffled noises of the streetmuted trumpets

Dulladjective

so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness;

a boring evening with uninteresting peoplethe deadening effect of some routine tasksa dull playhis competent but dull performancea ho-hum speaker who couldn't capture their attentionwhat an irksome task the writing of long letters istedious days on the trainthe tiresome chirping of a cricketother people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome

Dulladjective

(of color) very low in saturation; highly diluted;

dull greens and blues

Dulladjective

not keenly felt;

a dull throbbingdull pain

Dulladjective

slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity;

so dense he never understands anything I say to himnever met anyone quite so dimalthough dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quickdumb officials make some really dumb decisionshe was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuseworked with the slow students

Dulladjective

(of business) not active or brisk;

business is dull (or slow)a sluggish market

Dulladjective

not having a sharp edge or point;

the knife was too dull to be of any use

Dulladjective

blunted in responsiveness or sensibility;

a dull gazeso exhausted she was dull to what went on about her

Dulladjective

not clear and resonant; sounding as if striking with or against something relatively soft;

the dull thudthudding bullets

Dulladjective

darkened with overcast;

a dark daya dull skya gray rainy afternoongray cloudsthe sky was leaden and thick