- lacking in variety; tediously unvarying: the monotonous flat scenery.
- characterizing a sound continuing on one note.
- having very little inflection; limited to a narrow pitch range.
Origin of monotonous
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Examples from the Web for monotonous
His monotonous music is, really, like the audio soundtrack to a k-hole.The Cult of Yung Lean: ‘I’m Building An Anarchistic Society From the Ground Up’
January 4, 2015
Desperate for a way out of her monotonous existence Kumiko becomes obsessed with the frazzled tape and plots her journey to Fargo.She Thought ‘Fargo’ Was Real: The Misguided Voyage of ‘Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter’
February 18, 2014
The Superman blockbuster Man of Steel is a monotonous CGI extravaganza devoid of any humanity.‘Man of Steel,’ New Superman Movie Starring Henry Cavill, Falls Flat
June 11, 2013
Or does it get monotonous to cook turkey over and over again?Marcus Samuelsson Talks Thanksgiving: Glogg And Berbere-Spiced Turkey
November 22, 2012
Befitting his monotonous moniker, Benjamin Benjamin is a Pacific Northwesterner for whom every day is equally uninspiring.Jonathan Evison’s On the Road: ‘The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving’
September 14, 2012
This flash of gold is the only brightness in the place, otherwise dull and monotonous.The Roof of France
That is why his face was so smooth and cold, his eyes so dull and his voice so monotonous.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
He climbed up to his old perch and resumed his monotonous whining: Wah!Johnny Bear
E. T. Seton
All other sounds were dominated by the monotonous shouts of the gondoliers.Casanova's Homecoming
To lead a life as monotonous as mine has been during many years, is not the way to forget.Little Dorrit
- dull and tedious, esp because of repetition
- unvarying in pitch or cadence
Word Origin and History for monotonous
1750, of sound, from Greek monotonos "of one tone" (see monotony). Transferred and figurative use, "lacking in variety, uninteresting," is from 1783. Related: Monotonously.