mo·​not·​o·​ny | \ mə-ˈnä-tə-nē How to pronounce monotony (audio) , -ˈnät-nē \

Definition of monotony

1 : tedious sameness the monotony of the landscape the monotony of prison life fixing a variety of foods to avoid monotonySHAPE
2 : sameness of tone or sound the soft monotony of her voice

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Examples of monotony in a Sentence

She hated the monotony of the job. The brief storm was a relief from the monotony of the hot summer afternoon.
Recent Examples on the Web Suddenly, with no more playdates and activities for the girls, and no date nights—or even leaving the house to pick up dry cleaning—for us, life was pure monotony. Regan Stephens, Fortune, "How a movie projector helped elevate our family movie night during lockdown," 1 May 2021 Our company likes to hold different types of meetings to break the monotony and help people in different departments get to know each other. Expert Panel, Forbes, "Employees Feeling Uninspired? Eight Techniques To Get Their Creativity Flowing Again," 6 Apr. 2021 After so much isolation and monotony, the sounds of fiddlers and vendors, the aroma of popcorn and pit beef, the vibrant colors of the artisans wares — felt practically psychedelic to me last Sunday. Christina Tkacik,, "What to eat this Sunday at the Baltimore Farmers Market & Bazaar," 8 Apr. 2021 Some of us like to escape our Blursday monotony with a breathless page-turner. Brandon Griggs, CNN, "12 books we're excited about this year," 2 Jan. 2021 The monotony that many people feel from staying at home can also provide an opportunity to learn something new. Jessica Militare, Forbes, "Five Tips For Building An Adaptable Business," 5 Apr. 2021 Lockdown has distorted our perceptions of time, making months of mandatory monotony congeal into a goo of boredom and malaise. Judy Berman, Time, "How Docu-Mania Took Streaming by Storm, From Tiger King to WeWork," 1 Apr. 2021 This monotony extends to his relationship with his wife and kids. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "Bob Odenkirk as a mousy man with a secret set of skills is the best thing about 'Nobody'," 22 Mar. 2021 The monotony of his days during the U.K.’s third coronavirus lockdown is broken up only by trips back and forth to practice. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Why Marcus Rashford Is the New Prince of England," 9 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of monotony

1636, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for monotony

see monotonous

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The first known use of monotony was in 1636

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4 May 2021

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“Monotony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of monotony

: a lack of change that makes something boring : a monotonous quality


mo·​not·​o·​ny | \ mə-ˈnä-tə-nē How to pronounce monotony (audio) \
plural monotonies

Kids Definition of monotony

: a boring lack of change

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