mo·​not·​o·​nous | \ mə-ˈnä-tə-nəs, -ˈnät-nəs\

Definition of monotonous

1 : uttered or sounded in one unvarying tone : marked by a sameness of pitch and intensity
2 : tediously uniform or unvarying

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Other Words from monotonous

monotonously adverb
monotonousness noun

Examples of monotonous in a Sentence

Altogether, millions of mostly obscure entries in the public record offer details of a forced labor system of monotonous enormity. — Douglas A. Blackmon, Slavery By Another Name, 2008 At times, the grayness of the place was consumed by its own monotonous noise, of bars clanging, of inmates being led through the corridors, of guards yelling out orders … — Benjamin Weiser, New York Times Magazine, 6 Aug. 2000 The monotonous chant of the indoctrinated, ideologically armored from head to foot … — Philip Roth, American Pastoral, 1997 The crickets stridulated their everlasting monotonous meaningful note. — John Updike, The Witches of Eastwick, 1984 the lecturer's monotonous delivery threatened to put us to sleep
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The drive back and forth sometimes gets a little monotonous. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Clemson Tigers could be facing one of their own to start college football season," 15 Aug. 2018 Her posts are candid, motivational, humorous—and anything but monotonous. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Here's How to Do Octavia Spencer's Low-Impact Cardio Workout," 4 Oct. 2018 The medieval men of Tjærby shared very similar lifestyles and monotonous diets; the traces of food proteins left in their dental plaque suggested dairy and goat milk, along with oats. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Medieval dental plaque sheds light on how our microbiomes have changed," 25 Nov. 2018 The result: Hunger avoiders usually raise kids who eat a monotonous diet of a few favorite foods, kids who snack too much and kids who use their hunger to get their parents' attention. Casey Seidenberg,, "Parental feeding styles can have consequences for kids. Which type is yours?," 1 Apr. 2018 But trauma tends to have a steamrolling effect, flattening textured, setting-specific stories into monotonous landscapes of suffering. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: The Search for Self in an Ideological Age," 3 Aug. 2018 New Horizons researchers anticipated a monotonous world battered by craters. Nola Taylor Redd,, "Celebrating 40 Years of Pluto's Largest Moon, Charon," 14 July 2018 From a teaching standpoint, the younger Turner (who was a quality control coach in Carolina for Newton’s first two seasons) has tried to make what can be monotonous spring work competitive in the quarterback room to get the players more engaged. Albert Breer,, "For Andrew Luck, It All Re-Starts Here," 18 June 2018 Tomato ketchup’s flavor and color literally spiced up some rather monotonous protein and grain combinations. Amy Bentley,, "Is ketchup the perfect complement to the American diet?," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of monotonous

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for monotonous

Greek monotonos, from mon- + tonos tone

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English Language Learners Definition of monotonous

—used to describe something that is boring because it is always the same


mo·​not·​o·​nous | \ mə-ˈnä-tə-nəs \

Kids Definition of monotonous

: boring from always being the same Our trip across the ocean was monotonous.

Other Words from monotonous

monotonously adverb

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