humdrum

[ huhm-druhm ]
/ ˈhʌmˌdrʌm /

adjective

lacking variety; boring; dull: a humdrum existence.

noun

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

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Origin of humdrum

1545–55; earlier humtrum, rhyming compound based on hum

OTHER WORDS FROM humdrum

humdrumness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for humdrum

humdrum
/ (ˈhʌmˌdrʌm) /

adjective

ordinary; dull

noun

a monotonous routine, task, or person

Derived forms of humdrum

humdrumness, noun

Word Origin for humdrum

C16: rhyming compound, probably based on hum
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