hum·drum | \ˈhəm-ˌdrəm \

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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

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But beyond the surface discord are clear harmonies: a love of costumes and glamour, a flair for the sensational and dramatic, an allergy to humdrum reality. New York Times, "For Goths at Disneyland, It’s a Dark World After All," 11 May 2018 In this world, only the occasional unsafe site should have its URL highlighted, not the boring and humdrum secure site. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "As the Web moves toward HTTPS by default, Chrome will remove “secure” indicator," 17 May 2018 The wheels come off in the first scene – normally a humdinger, here just humdrum. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This 'King Lear' more humdrum than tragic," 6 July 2018 What makes one door memorable and extra-ordinary, while others remain humdrum? Country Living, "YOUR HOME DESERVES MORE THAN ORDINARY DOORS," 19 June 2018 Only a writer as agile and profound as Nors would dare to proceed from such a heavy-handed (and humdrum) premise. Ann Hulbert, The Atlantic, "Mirror, Shoulder, Signal and the Struggle of Changing Gears," 18 June 2018 That fruitful episode involved revisiting a low-fi concept album McMicken and Leaman recorded in the 1990s about a man who attempts to escape his humdrum existence by decamping to the place that gave the album its name: The Psychedelic Swamp. Dan Deluca,, "Dr. Dog return with 'Critical Equation,' get set to play biggest ever Philly show," 21 June 2018 The other half were told to write about an unemotional humdrum day. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Being Hangry is Real, But You Can Control It," 13 June 2018 Board of Chosen Freeholders’ has a vintage dignity that the humdrum, if serviceable, ‘commissioner’ lacks. Kevin Riordan,, "New Jersey's county freeholders come and go. But the title of freeholder should stay | Kevin Riordan," 5 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of humdrum

: not interesting : dull, boring, and ordinary


hum·drum | \ˈhəm-ˌdrəm \

Kids Definition of humdrum

: not interesting a humdrum day

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