humdrum

[ huhm-druhm ]
/ ˈhʌmˌdrʌm /
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adjective

lacking variety; boring; dull: a humdrum existence.

noun

humdrum character or routine; monotony.
monotonous or tedious talk.
Archaic. a dull, boring person.

Origin of humdrum

1545–55; earlier humtrum, rhyming compound based on hum
SYNONYMS FOR humdrum
Related formshum·drum·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hum-drum

humdrum

/ (ˈhʌmˌdrʌm) /

adjective

ordinary; dull

noun

a monotonous routine, task, or person
Derived Formshumdrumness, noun

Word Origin for humdrum

C16: rhyming compound, probably based on hum
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Word Origin and History for hum-drum

hum-drum


adj.

also humdrum, "routine, monotonous," 1550s, probably a reduplication of hum.

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