- 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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1. tedious, humdrum, boring, dull.
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Examples from the Web for monotonously
"I cannot tell you anything about them," Joan said monotonously.Slaves of Mercury
The speaker suddenly began to whine softly and monotonously.
And the march continued, monotonously, almost like a bad sleep.The Prussian Officer
D. H. Lawrence
"You will find that you cannot," the passionless creature returned, monotonously.Triplanetary
Edward Elmer Smith
And so for some two hours the vessel crept on, wearily as it seemed and monotonously.A Prisoner of Morro
- dull and tedious, esp because of repetition
- unvarying in pitch or cadence
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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.
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