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

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Each day we’re faced with seemingly humdrum decisions that reflect subconscious biases — and shape our personal, professional, and financial futures. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Glow Recipe Announced the Upcoming Launch of a Target Line Called Sweet Chef," 27 Dec. 2018 The Federal Reserve’s May 1-2 meeting was fairly humdrum as the central bank didn’t raise its key short-term interest rate after bumping it up a quarter percentage point in March. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Did real estate rise in April? Home sales reports, Fed minutes highlight week's news," 21 May 2018 Marius Barstad, a Norwegian plastic surgeon, and his wife, Bente Eger, a sales agent for a fashion company, gave a humdrum 1970s prefab, perched on the edge of Oslo’s inner fjord, a radical makeover. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Living Large in a Scandinavian Suburb," 3 Oct. 2018 What makes one door memorable and extraordinary, while others remain humdrum? Country Living, "YOUR HOME DESERVES MORE THAN ORDINARY DOORS," 2 Oct. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce humdrum (audio) \

Kids Definition of humdrum

: not interesting a humdrum day

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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