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humdrum Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the quality of wearisome constancy, routine, and lack of variety
    monotony; sameness.
    • 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
  2. adjective satellite not challenging; dull and lacking excitement
    prosaic; commonplace; unglamourous; unglamorous.
    • an unglamorous job greasing engines
  3. adjective satellite tediously repetitious or lacking in variety; all work and no play"
    • a humdrum existence
    • nothing is so monotonous as the sea

Hum"drum` adjective
  1. Monotonous; dull; commonplace. "A humdrum crone." Bryant.
Hum"drum` noun
  1. A dull fellow; a bore. B. Jonson.
  2. Monotonous and tedious routine.
    Dissatisfied with humdrum. The Nation.
  3. A low cart with three wheels, drawn by one horse.

Webster 1913