monotonous

[muh-not-n-uhs]
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adjective
  1. lacking in variety; tediously unvarying: the monotonous flat scenery.
  2. characterizing a sound continuing on one note.
  3. 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 formsmo·not·o·nous·ly, adverbmo·not·o·nous·ness, nounun·mo·not·o·nous, adjectiveun·mo·not·o·nous·ly, adverb
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monotonous

adjective
  1. dull and tedious, esp because of repetition
  2. unvarying in pitch or cadence
Derived Formsmonotonously, adverbmonotonousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for monotonously

monotonous

adj.

1750, of sound, from Greek monotonos "of one tone" (see monotony). Transferred and figurative use, "lacking in variety, uninteresting," is from 1783. Related: Monotonously.

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