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monotonous

[muh-not-n-uh s] /məˈnɒt n əs/
adjective
1.
lacking in variety; tediously unvarying:
the monotonous flat scenery.
2.
characterizing a sound continuing on one note.
3.
having very little inflection; limited to a narrow pitch range.
Origin of monotonous
1770-1780
From the Late Greek word monótonos, dating back to 1770-80. See mono-, tone, -ous
Related forms
monotonously, adverb
monotonousness, noun
unmonotonous, adjective
unmonotonously, adverb
Can be confused
monotonic, monotonous.
Synonyms
1. tedious, humdrum, boring, dull.
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  • This flash of gold is the only brightness in the place, otherwise dull and monotonous.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • 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 Arthur Schnitzler
  • To lead a life as monotonous as mine has been during many years, is not the way to forget.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for monotonous

monotonous

/məˈnɒtənəs/
adjective
1.
dull and tedious, esp because of repetition
2.
unvarying in pitch or cadence
Derived Forms
monotonously, adverb
monotonousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for monotonous
adj.

1750, of sound, from Greek monotonos "of one tone" (see monotony). Transferred and figurative use, "lacking in variety, uninteresting," is from 1783. Related: Monotonously.

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