[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. monotocous,
  2. monotonal,
  3. monotone,
  4. monotonic,
  5. monotonize,
  6. monotony,
  7. monotrematous,
  8. monotreme,
  9. monotrichate,
  10. monotrichous

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

Can be confusedmonotonic 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 Formsmonotonously, adverbmonotonousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for monotonously



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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