[ muh-not-n-uhs ]
/ məˈnɒt n əs /


lacking in variety; tediously unvarying: the monotonous flat scenery.
characterizing a sound continuing on one note.
having very little inflection; limited to a narrow pitch range.

Origin of monotonous

From the Late Greek word monótonos, dating back to 1770–80. See mono-, tone, -ous

Related forms

mo·not·o·nous·ly, adverbmo·not·o·nous·ness, nounun·mo·not·o·nous, adjectiveun·mo·not·o·nous·ly, adverb

Can be confused

monotonic monotonous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for monotonously


/ (məˈnɒtənəs) /


dull and tedious, esp because of repetition
unvarying in pitch or cadence

Derived Forms

monotonously, adverbmonotonousness, noun
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