mo·​not·​o·​nous | \ mə-ˈnä-tə-nəs How to pronounce monotonous (audio) , -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

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
Recent Examples on the Web The cycle can feel endless, monotonous and often devoid of creative differentiation. Bernard May, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Yet the experience of housework as isolating and monotonous is not limited to women. Divya Subramanian, The Atlantic, 2 May 2022 At some point over the course of a month, the accumulation of silly, mundane, monotonous snapshots began to feel like an actual representation of me, and an endearing one — a private glimpse at my quiet moments that would otherwise go unnoticed. Mirel Zaman,, 26 Apr. 2022 In the Judge comedy about the monotonous lives of some pals who work for a software company, Root plays fan-favorite Milton, a meek, awkward man who is mostly walked all over by staff and brass. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Apr. 2022 It’s these personal insights that feel glaringly absent from the album and could’ve added some substance to the monotonous subject matter. Kyle Eustice, Variety, 22 Apr. 2022 Washing your body doesn’t have to be a monotonous necessity. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Apr. 2022 That’s a real asset in convincing a person to stay the course versus someone who’s trying to lose weight, which is a far more monotonous process. Ian Douglass, Men's Health, 18 Apr. 2022 He had been accustomed to crisscrossing Michigan to visit plants, inspect machinery and check in with staff and found remote work monotonous. Kathryn Dill, WSJ, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Monotonous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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mo·​not·​o·​nous | \ mə-ˈnä-tə-nəs How to pronounce monotonous (audio) \

Kids Definition of monotonous

: boring from always being the same a monotonous task

Other Words from monotonous

monotonously adverb

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