Usage examples for drabs

  1. No, Goodwife Chat, I would be loth such drabs should blot my name; But yet ye must so order all that Diccon bear no blame. – Gammer Gurton's Needle by Mr. S. Mr. of Art
  2. They were returning from a long walk over the early December roads in the grays and drabs of the approaching twilight. – The Varmint by Owen Johnson F. R. Gruger
  3. They saw the pure grey moon of her face, guessed by the dark rings where her eyes should be, watched with quicker awe the slow movement of her arms, lifted their own to what she held up, and to the running under- current of the two sobbing drabs muttered in one voice their remembered adoration. – Little Novels of Italy Madonna Of The Peach-Tree, Ippolita In The Hills, The Duchess Of Nona, Messer Cino And The Live Coal, The Judgment Of Borso by Maurice Henry Hewlett
  4. It was a day of blazing sunshine, and, between the bright sky and the silver drabs of the sand stretched the low levels of a sea that had its customary green- grey touched for once with something of the sapphire glow of the Mediterranean. – The Passionate Friends by Herbert George Wells
  5. The fellow paid the loan down to $ 150 in drabs got sick, moved away, and eventually deeded the Bank the lots and called the loan square. – Epistles-from-Pap-Letters-from-the-man-known-as-The-Will-Rogers-of-Indiana by Durham, Andrew Everett
  6. It's a wretched collection of hovels and surly men and drabs of women and unkempt children, the poorest of poor- whites. – The Valiants of Virginia by Hallie Erminie Rives
  7. Some of the residences, thus frankly proffering friendship to the passer- by, were of wood painted in drabs and dusky reds, with bulging windows which marked the native yearning for the mediaeval, and shingles that strove to be accounted tiles. – The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic
  8. Wordsworth was something of a Quaker in poetry, and loved the sober drabs and grays of life. – Brief History of English and American Literature by Henry A. Beers
  9. Then squander a sovereign in dribs and drabs – Ulysses by James Joyce
  10. Even the Quakers themselves, who affect such supercilious contempt for dress, are very particular about the cut of their headgear, about the shade of their greys and their drabs and their browns, and, in their scrupulous neatness, show that they think as much of a grease- spot or a stain as many a damsel does of the ribbon in her cap or the set of her collar and cuffs. – Routledge's Manual of Etiquette by George Routledge
  11. She watched over his buttons with a vigilance that would have softened the heart of the crustiest bachelor: she even gave herself the complexion of a lemon by wearing blue, because David liked the pretty contrast with his mother's drabs – Work: A Story of Experience by Louisa May Alcott
  12. Marcella stood in the doorway and watched the scene,- the gradual disappearance of the helpless form on the stretcher, with its fevered face under the dark mat of hair; the figures of the straining men heavily descending step by step, their heads and shoulders thrown out against the dirty drabs and browns of the staircase; the crowd of Jewesses on the stairs and landing, craning their necks, gesticulating and talking, so that Dr. Angus could hardly make his directions heard, angrily as he bade them stand back; and on the top stair, the big husband, following the form of his departing and unconscious wife with his eyes, his face convulsed with weeping, the whimpering children clinging about his knees. – Marcella by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  13. The amber and lint- white coils of the winding sliver made a brightness among the duns and drabs around them and their colour was caught again aloft where whisps of material hung irregularly- lumps of waste from the ends of the bobbins- and there were also colour notes of warmth in the wooden wheels on many of the machines. – The Spinners by Eden Phillpotts
  14. Men quietly fell aside, making place for him, so that he stood with Beauvayse, in a clear half- circle of figures attired like his own, in Service browns and drabs and umbers, waiting until the three approaching feminine shapes should pass across the open space. – The Dop Doctor by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  15. At first they merely made the round of the room, looking at the drabs who were jumping about. – L'Assommoir by Emile Zola
  16. Old White Slides had lost all but the drabs and dull yellows and greens, and of course those pale, light slopes that had given the mountain its name. – The Mysterious Rider by Zane Grey