- (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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper