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humdrum

[huhm-druhm]
adjective
1.
lacking variety; boring; dull: a humdrum existence.
noun
2.
humdrum character or routine; monotony.
3.
monotonous or tedious talk.
4.
Archaic. a dull, boring person.

Origin:
1545–55; earlier humtrum, rhyming compound based on hum

humdrumness, noun


1. tedious, routine, mundane, tiresome.
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humdrum (ˈhʌmˌdrʌm)
 
adj
1.  ordinary; dull
 
n
2.  a monotonous routine, task, or person
 
[C16: rhyming compound, probably based on hum]
 
'humdrumness
 
n

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humdrum
"routine, monotonous," 1553, probably a reduplication of hum.
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