[hoh-huhm, -huhm]


(an exclamation expressing boredom, weariness, or contempt.)


dull, boring, or routine; so-so: a ho-hum performance.

Origin of ho-hum

First recorded in 1920–25
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informal lacking interest or inspiration; dull; mediocrea ho-hum album
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Word Origin and History for ho-hum

expression of boredom, by 1906. As an adjective, by 1956.

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