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monotonous

[muh-not-n-uh s] /məˈnɒt n əs/
adjective
1.
lacking in variety; tediously unvarying:
the monotonous flat scenery.
2.
characterizing a sound continuing on one note.
3.
having very little inflection; limited to a narrow pitch range.
Origin of monotonous
1770-1780
1770-80; < Late Greek monótonos. See mono-, tone, -ous
Related forms
monotonously, adverb
monotonousness, noun
unmonotonous, adjective
unmonotonously, adverb
Can be confused
monotonic, monotonous.
Synonyms
1. tedious, humdrum, boring, dull.
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  • I have never had a friend,” answered Latimer, monotonously; “I should scarcely know what to do with one.

  • "I cannot tell you anything about them," Joan said monotonously.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • His words droned heavily and monotonously to her as through dull banks of fog.

    Mary, Mary James Stephens
  • The speaker suddenly began to whine softly and monotonously.

  • "What a pretty view you have of the sea from these windows," she said in her well-trained and monotonously modulated voice.

    Beatrice H. Rider Haggard
  • And the march continued, monotonously, almost like a bad sleep.

    The Prussian Officer D. H. Lawrence
  • Many a spry wight thinks it his duty to be continuously funny and monotonously merry.

  • "You will find that you cannot," the passionless creature returned, monotonously.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
  • Yet her unlikeness to the monotonously same girls, whom he was in the habit of meeting, fascinated him more and more each day.

    We Two Edna Lyall
  • And so for some two hours the vessel crept on, wearily as it seemed and monotonously.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for monotonously

monotonous

/məˈnɒtənəs/
adjective
1.
dull and tedious, esp because of repetition
2.
unvarying in pitch or cadence
Derived Forms
monotonously, adverb
monotonousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for monotonously

monotonous

adj.

1750, of sound, from Greek monotonos "of one tone" (see monotony). Transferred and figurative use, "lacking in variety, uninteresting," is from 1783. Related: Monotonously.

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