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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
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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Examples from the web for monotonously
  • Song: a loud, whistled peto peto peto or wheedle wheedle wheedle, often repeated monotonously.
  • Other choreographers either failed to develop their ideas or hammered monotonously away at them.
  • They have gone through their mail, caught up on their committee work and monotonously debated dozens of one-house bills.
  • These pleasures, however, are monotonously developed.
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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