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routine

[roo-teen] /ruˈtin/
noun
1.
a customary or regular course of procedure.
2.
commonplace tasks, chores, or duties as must be done regularly or at specified intervals; typical or everyday activity:
the routine of an office.
3.
regular, unvarying, habitual, unimaginative, or rote procedure.
4.
an unvarying and constantly repeated formula, as of speech or action; convenient or predictable response:
Don't give me that brotherly-love routine!
5.
Computers.
  1. a complete set of coded instructions directing a computer to perform a series of operations.
  2. a series of operations performed by the computer.
6.
an individual act, performance, or part of a performance, as a song or dance, given regularly by an entertainer:
a comic routine; a dance routine.
adjective
7.
of the nature of, proceeding by, or adhering to routine:
routine duties.
8.
dull or uninteresting; commonplace.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; < French, derivative of route route
Related forms
routinely, adverb
routineness, noun
nonroutine, adjective, noun
unroutine, adjective
unroutinely, adverb
Can be confused
regular, routine.
Synonyms
8. habitual, ordinary, typical.
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British Dictionary definitions for unroutine

routine

/ruːˈtiːn/
noun
1.
a usual or regular method of procedure, esp one that is unvarying
2.
(computing) a program or part of a program performing a specific function: an input routine, an output routine
3.
a set sequence of dance steps
4.
(informal) a hackneyed or insincere speech
adjective
5.
of, relating to, or characteristic of routine
Derived Forms
routinely, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Old French, from route a customary way, route
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Word Origin and History for unroutine

routine

n.

1670s, from French routine "usual course of action, beaten path" (16c.), from route "way, path, course" (see route (n.)) + noun suffix -ine (see -ine (1)). Theatrical or athletic performance sense is from 1926. The adjective is attested from 1817, from the noun. Related: Routinely.

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Slang definitions & phrases for unroutine

routine

noun
  1. A passage of behavior; act; bit, riff, shtick: They did a Laurel and Hardy routine (1926+ Show business)
  2. An evasive or contrived response: I look for revelation and get routine (1950s+ Cool talk)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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