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

Examples of humdrum in a Sentence

She liked the movie, but I thought it was humdrum. another humdrum day at the office
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Word History


reduplication of hum

First Known Use

1553, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of humdrum was in 1553

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“Humdrum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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