lacking variety; boring; dull: a humdrum existence.
humdrum character or routine; monotony.
monotonous or tedious talk.
Archaic. a dull, boring person.
- humdrumness, noun
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How to use humdrum in a sentence
Even the humdrum corners of capitalism are spawning intergenerational windfalls.The Great Inheritors: How Three Families Shielded Their Fortunes From Taxes for Generations | by Patricia Callahan, James Bandler, Justin Elliott, Doris Burke and Jeff Ernsthausen | December 15, 2021 | ProPublica
Variants of the original SARS-CoV-2 virus have popped up in different corners of the world and while that might sound a bit scary it’s actually perfectly normal, or even “humdrum” as one Nature study puts it.A guide to delta, delta-plus, lambda, and other infectious coronavirus variants | empire | August 24, 2021 | Popular-Science
On paper, the basic announcement may look humdrum to savvy modern-gaming fans.How one game’s delisting pokes a hole in the Xbox Game Pass promise | Sam Machkovech | July 29, 2021 | Ars Technica
Narrator Jasmin Richardson improves on humdrum product descriptions by ad libbing jokes and inserting wry observations throughout the almost four-hour audio track.IKEA has replaced its print catalog with an audiobook | Anne Quito | March 18, 2021 | Quartz
But for some teens ISIS seems to symbolize power and purpose, a great drama promising deliverance from the humdrum.
Most stars in the Milky Way have humdrum lives, tracing slow predictable orbits around the galactic center.The Hypervelocity Star That’s Being Booted from the Galaxy | Matthew R. Francis | May 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Three things stand out in this simultaneously remarkable and humdrum bit of film.
After all, who would want to watch a show about the humdrum life of a high school chemistry teacher with decent health insurance?The Connection Between Obamacare and ‘Breaking Bad’ | Jamelle Bouie | September 29, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
It requires months—years, even—of archival research and humdrum detective work.Old Nazis May Be Dying Off But Nazi Hunting Continues to Thrive | Guy Walters | August 14, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
One must employ one's self in some way, and we live such a humdrum life here that there is chance for very little variety.Interrupted | Pansy
In this humdrum place, that is so cool and quiet, and to me so congenial, there is but one interesting walk.Thirty Years in Australia | Ada Cambridge
The winter became severe and stormy, confining us much to the house, and obliging us to lead very humdrum sort of lives.Hudson Bay | R.M. Ballantyne
The sameness, the humdrum tediousness of the everyday life drives them to the city.The American Country Girl | Martha Foote Crow
Byrons life at Pisa, as afterwards at Genoa, was what most people would call a humdrum, dull existence.Byron | Richard Edgcumbe
British Dictionary definitions for humdrum
a monotonous routine, task, or person
- humdrumness, noun
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