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hum·drum

 (hŭm′drŭm′)
adj.
Lacking variety or excitement. See Synonyms at dull.
n.
Monotonous talk or routine.

[Probably from hum.]

humdrum

(ˈhʌmˌdrʌm)
adj
ordinary; dull
n
a monotonous routine, task, or person
[C16: rhyming compound, probably based on hum]
ˈhumˌdrumness n

hum•drum

(ˈhʌmˌdrʌm)

adj.
1. lacking variety; boring; dull.
n.
2. humdrum character or routine; monotony.
[1545–55; earlier humtrum, rhyming compound based on hum]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.humdrum - the quality of wearisome constancy, routine, and lack of varietyhumdrum - the quality of wearisome constancy, routine, and lack of variety; "he had never grown accustomed to the monotony of his work"; "he was sick of the humdrum of his fellow prisoners"; "he hated the sameness of the food the college served"
unvariedness - characterized by an absence of variation
Adj.1.humdrum - not challenginghumdrum - not challenging; dull and lacking excitement; "an unglamorous job greasing engines"
unexciting - not exciting; "an unexciting novel"; "lived an unexciting life"
2.humdrum - tediously repetitious or lacking in varietyhumdrum - tediously repetitious or lacking in variety; "a humdrum existence; all work and no play"; "nothing is so monotonous as the sea"
dull - lacking in liveliness or animation; "he was so dull at parties"; "a dull political campaign"; "a large dull impassive man"; "dull days with nothing to do"; "how dull and dreary the world is"; "fell back into one of her dull moods"

humdrum

humdrum

adjectivenoun
A tiresome lack of variety:
Translations
رتيب، مُمِل
jednotvárný
kedsommelig
egyhangúsivárunalmas
hversdagslegur, leiîinlegur
garlaicīgsvienmuļš
monotonnyprozaiczny

humdrum

[ˈhʌmdrʌm] ADJmonótono, rutinario

humdrum

[ˈhʌmdrʌm] adj [existence, job] → monotone, routinier/ière

humdrum

adjstumpfsinnig

humdrum

[ˈhʌmˌdrʌm] adjmonotono/a, banale

humdrum

(ˈhamdram) adjective
dull. a humdrum life.
References in classic literature ?
Poor Jo, these were dark days to her, for something like despair came over her when she thought of spending all her life in that quiet house, devoted to humdrum cares, a few small pleasures, and the duty that never seemed to grow any easier.
Most boys have seasons of wishing they could die gloriously instead of just being grocery clerks and going on with their humdrum lives.
As a result of this method Hannah, who could only have been developed by forces applied from without, was painstaking, humdrum, and limited; while Rebecca, who apparently needed nothing but space to develop in, and a knowledge of terms in which to express herself, grew and grew and grew, always from within outward.
Existence had settled down to the daily humdrum of the wild-- the search for food and the sleeping upon full bellies.
It is my opinion that though croupiers seem such ordinary, humdrum officials--men who care nothing whether the bank wins or loses--they are, in reality, anything but indifferent to the bank's losing, and are given instructions to attract players, and to keep a watch over the bank's interests; as also, that for such services, these officials are awarded prizes and premiums.
And of late years there had been for her, running through all the humdrum days, a satisfaction in perfecting it.
I know, my dear Watson, that you share my love of all that is bizarre and outside the conventions and humdrum routine of everyday life.
It is not meet that I should make too disparaging comparisons between humdrum travel on a railway and that royal summer flight across a continent in a stagecoach.
He did not know what a troubling effect they had upon Philip; they seemed to make his life very humdrum.
But he had found that humdrum world in a terribly dynamic condition, in which even badinage and lyrism had turned explosive; and the first day of this visit had become the most fatal epoch of his life.
In truth, the modern "novel of character" needs some such interest, to lift it sufficiently above the humdrum of life; as men's horizons are enlarged by religion, of whatever type it may be-- and we may say at once that the religious type which is dear to Mrs.
I enter the bedroom like no mere humdrum son, but after the manner of the Glasgow waiter.