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humdrum

[huhm-druhm] /ˈhʌmˌdrʌm/
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
1545-1555
1545-55; earlier humtrum, rhyming compound based on hum
Related forms
humdrumness, noun
Synonyms
1. tedious, routine, mundane, tiresome.
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British Dictionary definitions for hum-drum

humdrum

/ˈhʌmˌdrʌm/
adjective
1.
ordinary; dull
noun
2.
a monotonous routine, task, or person
Derived Forms
humdrumness, noun
Word Origin
C16: rhyming compound, probably based on hum
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Word Origin and History for hum-drum
adj.

also humdrum, "routine, monotonous," 1550s, probably a reduplication of hum.

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