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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When Kylie debunked rumors in a gloriously monotonous tone. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "9 Things the Kardashian-Jenners Did on Their Apps That Will Stand the Test of Time," 20 Dec. 2018 At the risk of sounding monotonous, every discipline of motorsport involves a balance of three competing aspects: being a sport, being a platform for technology development, and being good entertainment. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Open mind, wide open throttle: We go to our first NASCAR race," 15 Nov. 2018 Alabama’s dominance has been defined by almost monotonous excellence. Ralph D. Russo, The Seattle Times, "Alabama-Clemson IV: Can Saban’s dynasty reach new heights?," 7 Jan. 2019 Trying to slowly and carefully cut 2.5 inches of threads, twice per U-bolt, for many U-bolts, would have been an incredibly long, monotonous process. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Strange Magic of Two-Handled Tools," 1 Dec. 2018 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

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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 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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