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.

Nearby words

  1. humboldt peak,
  2. humbucker,
  3. humbug,
  4. humbuggery,
  5. humdinger,
  6. hume,
  7. hume's law,
  8. hume, david,
  9. humectant,
  10. humeral

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

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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