ho-hum

[hoh-huhm, -huhm]

interjection

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

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. ho chi minh trail,
  2. ho gauge,
  3. ho hum,
  4. ho-dad,
  5. ho-de-ho,
  6. ho.,
  7. hoabinhian,
  8. hoactzin,
  9. hoad,
  10. hoagie

Origin of ho-hum

First recorded in 1920–25

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British Dictionary definitions for ho-hum

ho-hum

adjective

informal lacking interest or inspiration; dull; mediocrea ho-hum album
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Word Origin and History for ho-hum

ho-hum

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

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