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Dull poet rejected (4)


I believe the answer is:


'dull' is the definition.
(similar in meaning)

'poet rejected' is the wordplay.
'poet' becomes 'bard' (bard is a kind of poet).
'rejected' is a reversal indicator.
'bard' back-to-front is 'DRAB'.

(Other definitions for drab that I've seen before include "Lacklustre" , "Cheerless, colourless" , "Shabby; a slattern (arch.)" , "Dull and boring" , "Drearily dull; slattern" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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