- wearisome uniformity or lack of variety, as in occupation or scenery.
- the continuance of an unvarying sound; monotone.
- sameness of tone or pitch, as in speaking.
Origin of monotony
Related Wordstedium, similarity, dreariness, humdrum, flatness, dryness, uniformity, evenness, routine, dullness, continuity, monotone, continuance, likeness, oneness, tediousness, ennui, repetitiveness, invariability, equability
Examples from the Web for monotony
Poor chap, and he'd been talkin' to me about the monotony of married life.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The monotony of savage life in this place became intolerable.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
But without variety, life has no spice, and monotony wearies the soul.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
He was something to vary the monotony of the great solemn silence of our world.The Long Labrador Trail
I must thank you for this other interest in the monotony of life.
- wearisome routine; dullness
- lack of variety in pitch or cadence
Word Origin and History for monotony
1706, originally in transferred sense of "wearisome, tiresome," from French monotonie (1670s), from Greek monotonia "sameness of tone, monotony," from monotonos "monotonous, of one tone," from monos "single, alone" (see mono-) + tonos "tone" (see tenet). Literal sense of "sameness of tone or pitch" in English is from 1724.