- lacking variety; boring; dull: a humdrum existence.
- humdrum character or routine; monotony.
- monotonous or tedious talk.
- Archaic. a dull, boring person.
Origin of humdrum
Synonyms for humdrum
Examples from the Web for hum-drum
Historical Examples of hum-drum
Why didn't you say, 'You make life too hum-drum, too commonplace for him.A Widow's Tale and Other Stories
Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
The town so hum-drum to-day has a stirring history to look back on.Heroic Spain
Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
I had no society there, and of course, got tired of my hum-drum life.Sevenoaks
J. G. Holland
My weariness of this hum-drum, work-a-day life has grown so heavy it is like to crush me.Alaska Days with John Muir
Samuel Hall Young
Hum-Drum and Kopy-Keck applied themselves to their physics and metaphysics; but in vain.
- ordinary; dull
- a monotonous routine, task, or person
Word Origin for humdrum
Word Origin and History for hum-drum
also humdrum, "routine, monotonous," 1550s, probably a reduplication of hum.