[ roo-teen ]
/ ruˈtin /



of the nature of, proceeding by, or adhering to routine: routine duties.
dull or uninteresting; commonplace.

Nearby words

  1. routeman,
  2. routemarch,
  3. router,
  4. router patch,
  5. routh,
  6. routineer,
  7. routinely,
  8. routing,
  9. routinism,
  10. routinist

Origin of routine

1670–80; < French, derivative of route route

Related forms
Can be confusedregular routine Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for nonroutine


/ (ruːˈtiːn) /


a usual or regular method of procedure, esp one that is unvarying
computing a program or part of a program performing a specific functionan input routine; an output routine
a set sequence of dance steps
informal a hackneyed or insincere speech


of, relating to, or characteristic of routine
Derived Formsroutinely, adverb

Word Origin for routine

C17: from Old French, from route a customary way, route

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Word Origin and History for nonroutine



1670s, from French routine "usual course of action, beaten path" (16c.), from route "way, path, course" (see route (n.)) + noun suffix -ine (see -ine (1)). Theatrical or athletic performance sense is from 1926. The adjective is attested from 1817, from the noun. Related: Routinely.

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