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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Some are aggressive achievers in otherwise humdrum industries.
More encouraging still is that such humdrum topics as septic systems and
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But there's something about travel that turns the humdrum chore of keeping my
  clothes clean into an act of pure pleasure.
As the author herself points out in the paper, this is a fairly humdrum result.
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