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[muh-not-n-uh s] /məˈnɒt n əs/
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
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.
1. tedious, humdrum, boring, dull. Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • I have never had a friend,” answered Latimer, monotonously; “I should scarcely know what to do with one.

  • And so for some two hours the vessel crept on, wearily as it seemed and monotonously.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • His words droned heavily and monotonously to her as through dull banks of fog.

    Mary, Mary James Stephens
  • "I cannot tell you anything about them," Joan said monotonously.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • "What a pretty view you have of the sea from these windows," she said in her well-trained and monotonously modulated voice.

    Beatrice H. Rider Haggard
  • The speaker suddenly began to whine softly and monotonously.

  • Many a spry wight thinks it his duty to be continuously funny and monotonously merry.

  • And the march continued, monotonously, almost like a bad sleep.

    The Prussian Officer D. H. Lawrence
  • Yet her unlikeness to the monotonously same girls, whom he was in the habit of meeting, fascinated him more and more each day.

    We Two Edna Lyall
  • "You will find that you cannot," the passionless creature returned, monotonously.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
British Dictionary definitions for monotonously


dull and tedious, esp because of repetition
unvarying in pitch or cadence
Derived Forms
monotonously, adverb
monotonousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for monotonously



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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