ho-hum

adjective
\ ˈhō-ˈhəm How to pronounce ho-hum (audio) \

Definition of ho-hum

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : routine, dull a ho-hum existence
2 : bored, indifferent a ho-hum reaction

ho hum

interjection
\ ˈhō-ˈhəm How to pronounce ho hum (audio) \

Definition of ho hum (Entry 2 of 2)

used to express weariness, boredom, or disdain

First Known Use of ho-hum

Adjective

1969, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Interjection

1924, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ho-hum

Interjection

imitative

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“Ho-hum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ho-hum. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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ho-hum

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of ho-hum

 (Entry 1 of 2)

informal : having or showing no excitement or enthusiasm

ho hum

interjection

English Language Learners Definition of ho hum (Entry 2 of 2)

used to show that you are bored, not interested, etc.

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