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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Eilish’s songs are actually miniature sonic fun houses, anything but drab or monotonous, with playful melodies, meticulously varied instrumentation and a theatrical spectrum of attitudes, from taunting to suicidal. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Pop Music in 2019: An Escape From Isolation?," 25 Dec. 2019 For me, coming from the rather monotonous, white Germany, that was fascinating. Peter Ford, The Christian Science Monitor, "Ursula von der Leyen: The making of Europe’s top leader," 2 Dec. 2019 That means there’s plenty of action in the lakes and dunes, and the plains in the monotonous mid-latitudes are changing more slowly. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "New map shows the strange terrain of Titan," 21 Nov. 2019 Playing in the middle can be a monotonous and glamorous-less. Terrence Thomas,, "Clemens volleyball trio makes winning sacrifice," 21 Nov. 2019 His frugal campaign and painfully monotonous demeanour add to his aura of incorruptibility. 1843, "Tunisia’s new president: how memes and viral videos led to a “Robocop” revolution," 18 Oct. 2019 In his speech to the conference, Francis praised the potential of technological progress, noting that machines at the dawn of the industrial revolution spared workers dangerous and monotonous labor. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pope warns tech execs to use AI for the common good," 27 Sep. 2019 From the collared jacket to the skirt to the crossbody bag, the style icon makes monochrome anything but monotonous. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Rihanna Transforms Her Instagram Into a Fenty Fashion Look Book, Starring Herself," 17 Sep. 2019 On the whole, though, the process of stamping out political difference is monotonous and repetitive. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "A Summer of Unprecedented Brutality in Moscow," 6 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of monotonous was in 1776

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3 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Monotonous.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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 How to pronounce monotonous (audio) \

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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