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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 of humdrum
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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Examples from the Web for humdrum
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  • To escape—only to escape from the prison walls of a humdrum existence, and to soar!

    A Modern Chronicle, Complete Winston Churchill
  • My life must seem so humdrum to him, and to you, who have travelled so far and seen so much.

    The Traitors E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
  • Byrons life at Pisa, as afterwards at Genoa, was what most people would call a humdrum, dull existence.

    Byron Richard Edgcumbe
  • He sketched his humdrum labors, the prizes in his way of life.

    The Man Who Wins Robert Herrick
  • But hitherto Mrs. Simpson had preferred the reputation of having many adorers, to the humdrum reality of a second husband.

    The Vicar of Wrexhill Mrs [Frances] Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for humdrum

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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