First Known Use of ho-hum
arid, boring, colorless, drab, dreary, drudging, dry, dull, dusty, flat, heavy, humdrum, jading, jejune, leaden, mind-numbing, monochromatic, monotonous, numbing, old, pedestrian, ponderous, slow, stale, stodgy, stuffy, stupid, tame, tedious, tiresome, tiring, uninteresting, wearisome, weary, wearying;
blank, earthbound, gray (also grey), inanimate, pallid, pedantic, sterile, suspenseless, undramatic, uneventful, unexciting, unimaginative, uninspiring, unnewsworthy, unrewarding, unsensational, unspectacular;
Origin and Etymology of ho hum
First Known Use: 1924See Words from the same year
HO-HUM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ho-hum for English Language Learners
: having or showing no excitement or enthusiasm
Definition of ho hum for English Language Learners
—used to show that you are bored, not interested, etc.
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