monotonous

adjective mo·not·o·nous \ mə-ˈnä-tə-nəs , -ˈnät-nəs \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of monotonous

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

monotonously

adverb

monotonousness

noun

Examples of monotonous in a Sentence

  1. Altogether, millions of mostly obscure entries in the public record offer details of a forced labor system of monotonous enormity. —Douglas A. BlackmonSlavery By Another Name2008
  2. 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 WeiserNew York Times Magazine6 Aug. 2000
  3. The monotonous chant of the indoctrinated, ideologically armored from head to foot … —Philip RothAmerican Pastoral1997
  4. The crickets stridulated their everlasting monotonous meaningful note. —John UpdikeThe Witches of Eastwick1984
  5. the lecturer's monotonous delivery threatened to put us to sleep

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Origin and Etymology of monotonous

Greek monotonos, from mon- + tonos tone

monotonous Synonyms

Synonyms
arid, colorless, drab, dreary, drudging, dry, dull, dusty, flat, heavy, ho-hum, humdrum, jading, jejune, leaden, mind-numbing, monochromatic, boring, numbing, old, pedestrian, ponderous, slow, stale, stodgy, stuffy, stupid, tame, tedious, tiresome, tiring, uninteresting, wearisome, weary, wearying
Antonyms
absorbing, engaging, engrossing, gripping, interesting, intriguing, involving, riveting
Related Words
aseptic, barren, blah, dullish, pleasureless, prosaic, prosy, soggy, spiritless; blank, earthbound, gray (also grey), inanimate, pallid, pedantic, sterile, suspenseless, undramatic, uneventful, unexciting, unimaginative, uninspiring, unnewsworthy, unrewarding, unsensational, unspectacular; annoying, bothersome, irksome, irritating; longsome; palling; draining, enervating, exhausting, fatiguing, wearing; debilitating, enfeebling; demoralizing, discouraging, disheartening, dispiriting; common, commonplace, ordinary, tepid, unexceptional, unsurprising, vapid; cumbersome, lumbering, plodding, poky (or pokey)
Near Antonyms
amazing, astonishing, astounding, awesome, eye-opening, fabulous, marvelous (or marvellous), sensational, spectacular, surprising, wonderful, wondrous; animating, breathtaking, electrifying, energizing, enlivening, exciting, exhilarating, galvanizing, hair-raising, inspiring, invigorating, rip-roaring, rousing, stimulating, stirring, thrilling; amusing, diverting, entertaining; moving, poignant, touching; alluring, attracting, attractive, beguiling, bewitching, captivating, charming, enchanting, enthralling, entrancing, fascinating; mesmerizing, spellbinding; suspenseful; arresting, provocative, tantalizing

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms


MONOTONOUS Defined for English Language Learners

monotonous

adjective

Definition of monotonous for English Language Learners

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


MONOTONOUS Defined for Kids

monotonous

adjective mo·not·o·nous \ mə-ˈnä-tə-nəs \

Definition of monotonous for Students

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

monotonously

adverb


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