lacking variety; boring; dull: a humdrum existence.


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
Related formshum·drum·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for humdrum



ordinary; dull


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

Word Origin for humdrum

C16: rhyming compound, probably based on hum
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