humdrum

adjective hum·drum \ ˈhəm-ˌdrəm \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of humdrum

humdrum

noun

Examples of humdrum in a Sentence

  1. She liked the movie, but I thought it was humdrum.

  2. another humdrum day at the office

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Origin and Etymology of humdrum

reduplication of hum

humdrum Synonyms

Synonyms
arid, colorless, drab, dreary, drudging, dry, dull, dusty, flat, heavy, ho-hum, boring, jading, jejune, leaden, mind-numbing, monochromatic, monotonous, numbing, old, pedestrian, ponderous, slow, stale, stodgy, stuffy, stupid, tame, tedious, tiresome, tiring, uninteresting, wearisome, weary, wearying
Antonyms
absorbing, engaging, engrossing, gripping, interesting, intriguing, involving, riveting
Related Words
aseptic, barren, blah, dullish, pleasureless, prosaic, prosy, soggy, spiritless; blank, earthbound, gray (also grey), inanimate, pallid, pedantic, sterile, suspenseless, undramatic, uneventful, unexciting, unimaginative, uninspiring, unnewsworthy, unrewarding, unsensational, unspectacular; annoying, bothersome, irksome, irritating; longsome; palling; draining, enervating, exhausting, fatiguing, wearing; debilitating, enfeebling; demoralizing, discouraging, disheartening, dispiriting; common, commonplace, ordinary, tepid, unexceptional, unsurprising, vapid; cumbersome, lumbering, plodding, poky (or pokey)
Near Antonyms
amazing, astonishing, astounding, awesome, eye-opening, fabulous, marvelous (or marvellous), sensational, spectacular, surprising, wonderful, wondrous; animating, breathtaking, electrifying, energizing, enlivening, exciting, exhilarating, galvanizing, hair-raising, inspiring, invigorating, rip-roaring, rousing, stimulating, stirring, thrilling; amusing, diverting, entertaining; moving, poignant, touching; alluring, attracting, attractive, beguiling, bewitching, captivating, charming, enchanting, enthralling, entrancing, fascinating; mesmerizing, spellbinding; suspenseful; arresting, provocative, tantalizing

HUMDRUM Defined for English Language Learners

humdrum

adjective

Definition of humdrum for English Language Learners

  • : not interesting : dull, boring, and ordinary


HUMDRUM Defined for Kids

humdrum

adjective hum·drum \ ˈhəm-ˌdrəm \

Definition of humdrum for Students

: not interesting
  • a humdrum day


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