ho-hum


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ho-hum

 (hō′hŭm′)
adj. Informal
Boring and dull; routine: "a ho-hum speaker who couldn't capture the attention of the conventioneers" (Chicago Tribune).

ho-hum

(ˈhəʊˌhʌm)
adj
informal lacking interest or inspiration; dull; mediocre: a ho-hum album.

ho-hum

(ˈhoʊˈhʌm, -ˌhʌm)

interj.
1. (an exclamation expressing boredom, weariness, or contempt.)
adj.
2. dull; routine.
[1920–25]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ho-hum - so lacking in interest as to cause mental wearinessho-hum - so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness; "a boring evening with uninteresting people"; "the deadening effect of some routine tasks"; "a dull play"; "his competent but dull performance"; "a ho-hum speaker who couldn't capture their attention"; "what an irksome task the writing of long letters is"- Edmund Burke; "tedious days on the train"; "the tiresome chirping of a cricket"- Mark Twain; "other people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome"
uninteresting - arousing no interest or attention or curiosity or excitement; "a very uninteresting account of her trip"
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