ho-hum

adjective
\ ˈhō-ˈhəm \

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 \

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about ho-hum

Statistics for ho-hum

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for ho-hum

The first known use of ho-hum was in 1924

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for ho-hum

ho-hum

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of ho-hum

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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.

More from Merriam-Webster on ho-hum

See words that rhyme with ho-hum

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for ho-hum

Comments on ho-hum

What made you want to look up ho-hum? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the setting in which something occurs

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!