- a vocal utterance or series of speech sounds in one unvaried tone.
- a single tone without harmony or variation in pitch.
- recitation or singing of words in such a tone.
- a person who is unable to discriminate between or to reproduce differences in musical pitch, especially in singing.
- sameness of tone or color, sometimes to a boring degree.
Origin of monotone
Related Wordstedium, dreariness, humdrum, flatness, dryness, sameness, uniformity, similarity, evenness, routine, dullness, continuity, continuance, likeness, oneness, tediousness, ennui, repetitiveness, invariability, equability
Examples from the Web for monotone
The computer graphics are monotone overlaid in Lucky Charms leprechaun green.Up To a Point: Binge Watching Putin's Propaganda Network
P. J. O’Rourke
September 20, 2014
“And to see great fashion,” he added half-heartedly, in monotone and with no punctuation.Justin Bieber's Abs Cannot Save Him
September 10, 2014
Hours passed by and the judge read his charges in a monotone.Russia Rises Up
July 19, 2013
Good,” he said, in a monotone voice that sounded more like he meant “bad.My Night at the Golden Globe Awards
January 14, 2013
Their carefully scripted words, examined beforehand no doubt by a phalanx of spinmeisters, were barely above a monotone.Buzz Bissinger: Ban Penn State Football!
July 13, 2012
There was a monotone of desolation as she went on speaking in a whisper meant for the ears of no other.
The inexorable voice went on in its monotone, as if he had not spoken.
Then her voice rose above the monotone that had contented her hitherto.
"Her husband caused it by kicking her in the stomach," she said in a monotone.L'Assommoir
The voice was a monotone, minus expression, almost minus life.The White Desert
Courtney Ryley Cooper
- a single unvaried pitch level in speech, sound, etc
- utterance, etc, without change of pitch
- lack of variety in style, expression. etc
- unvarying or monotonous
- Also: monotonic (ˌmɒnəˈtɒnɪk) maths (of a sequence or function) consistently increasing or decreasing in value
Word Origin and History for monotone
"unvarying tone in music or speaking," 1640s; see monotony. OED says use of the word as a noun "is peculiar to Eng." Related: Monotonic; monotonically.