- n having a drab or dowdy quality; lacking stylishness or elegance
- STEPPING OUT: Chen Yifei's haute couture is a departure from the drabness of socialism and the gaudiness of sudden wealth.
- Craig Gillespie's direction is a little too attentive to the physical drabness of the setting, the slow pulse of north-country life, the locals' constipated cordiality.
- Beyond vitalizing their gang spirit and varying their modes of warfare, he has managed to dance much of the documentary drabness out of the story, most of the sociological shock .
- Howard Schultz in Inquirer.net
Schultz says, "One thing I've noticed about romantics: They try to create a new and better world from the drabness of everyday life. That is Starbuck's aim, too. We try to create, in our stores, an oasis, a little neighborhood spot where you can...