[ roo-teen ]
/ ruˈtin /



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

Origin of routine

1670–80; < French, derivative of route route

Related forms

Can be confused

regular routine Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for routineness


/ (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 Forms

routinely, adverb

Word Origin for routine

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