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 Most of the time, the 116-year-old movie theater business is rather humdrum. New York Times, "Can a Brash Executive in Kansas Save Movie Theaters?," 22 Jan. 2021 In the Berlin district of Zehlendorf, known for its diverse range of villas, Xaver Egger and Sandra Scheffl, both local architects, spent $1.24 million to fashion their own kind of villa out of a humdrum commercial building dating back to the 1970s. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "You’d Never Guess This Berlin Villa Was Once a Printer’s Shop," 25 Aug. 2020 Urgent demand for medical equipment to fight the coronavirus has sent the cost of chartered aircraft skyrocketing, turning a usually humdrum process into a competitive auction. Shawn Donnan,, "Protectionism Goes Local in Towns, States Battling Virus," 10 May 2020 The departure of a night train—by definition, a humdrum event for the station staff—exudes, for all but the most jaded travellers, the thrill of an unfamiliar ritual. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Enduring Romance of the Night Train," 4 May 2020 Still, anecdotal reports of microdosing’s positive effects abound—particularly in somewhat credulous media outlets, which tout the powers of microdosing to make your humdrum daily routine suddenly burst vividly to life. John Semley, The New Republic, "Turn On, Tune In, Cash In," 27 Apr. 2020 Back then, the planet was a rather humdrum place, many geoscientists have assumed, with lava occasionally oozing across a global expanse of crust, and the formation of the planet’s more complex geological features still a long way off. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "The moon may have stretched early Earth into a potato shape," 15 Apr. 2020 Nobody really wants to live a pastoral-capitalist equilibrium of humdrum labor—unless that’s what everyone wants, actually, and not even so secretly. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "There Are No Losers in the Animal Crossing Economy," 15 Apr. 2020 Even the more prized magnetic elements such as neodymium, dysprosium, praseodymium and samarium are humdrum enough that Apple Inc. uses rare-earth magnets to make its power cables stick in place. Washington Post, "We All Need to Calm Down About Rare Earths," 31 May 2019

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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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6 Feb 2021

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“Humdrum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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