hum·​drum | \ ˈhəm-ˌdrəm How to pronounce humdrum (audio) \

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humdrum noun

Examples of humdrum in a Sentence

She liked the movie, but I thought it was humdrum. another humdrum day at the office
Recent Examples on the Web The movie, set in a humdrum New Jersey suburbia, unfolds on the moldy bottom rung of the comic-book ladder. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 6 June 2022 The plot is, as usual, a slice of humdrum social realism: just an everyday tale of a maniacal, cashmere-wearing bank robber named Danny Sharp (Jake Gyllenhaal), who plans to steal thirty-two million dollars. The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2022 The daring mission is rather humdrum, with the pair easily infiltrating the fortress and Fennec killing about three dozen guards in the process. Erik Kain, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 Senate Republicans are still obstructing humdrum presidential nominations. Bill Scher, The Week, 8 Feb. 2018 Innovation is also a growth driver in the seemingly humdrum business of fast food. Michael Joseph, Fortune, 29 Nov. 2021 In it, not unlike Ian Fleming, Maugham falls back on his own experience as a British spy to evoke an espionage centric picture of Geneva of princesses, odd characters (‘the Hairless Mexican’), disappearances and the generally humdrum life of a spy. Mike O'sullivan, Forbes, 18 June 2021 Aboard those ships, Lê found not so much the staggering impact of the U.S. superpower on world events, but the somewhat humdrum, ordinary life of sailors occupied with mundane duties. Benjamin Lima, Dallas News, 11 June 2021 But the restrictions also curtailed the humdrum physical activity that is part and parcel of daily living, the researchers said., 22 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of humdrum

1553, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for humdrum

reduplication of hum

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18 Jun 2022

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“Humdrum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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hum·​drum | \ ˈhəm-ˌdrəm How to pronounce humdrum (audio) \

Kids Definition of humdrum

: not interesting a humdrum day

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