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[hoh-huhm, -huhm]
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  1. (an exclamation expressing boredom, weariness, or contempt.)
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  1. dull, boring, or routine; so-so: a ho-hum performance.
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Origin of ho-hum

First recorded in 1920–25
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innocuous, vapid, trite, bland, banal, ho-hum, flat, uninspired, boring, muted, tepid, delicate, peaceful, sunny, balmy, breezy, benign, warm, weak, calm

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  1. informal lacking interest or inspiration; dull; mediocrea ho-hum album
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for ho-hum

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

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