monotonous

adjective
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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Fleck, who started this tradition at Western Michigan, knows the season can be a monotonous grind for players. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Gophers coach P.J. Fleck’s specialty is mixing fun with football," 6 Sep. 2019 Strong counterprogramming to the (shabby) complaint that there’s much monotonous, homogenous ball bashing in tennis. 18. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "2019 U.S. Open Seed Reports," 22 Aug. 2019 Taylor Swift mines platinum like the rest of us have hot meals: with monotonous regularity. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "I Prevail's Loud Cover of Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' Is Now Certified Platinum," 9 Aug. 2019 The diversity of gender, region and religion were all represented in the space of comedy, which had otherwise become monotonous. Suraj Yengde, Quartz India, "In the politically impotent Indian comedy scene, Dalit humour is a class apart," 8 Aug. 2019 But the beats that ensue are mostly flat and monotonous — and not terribly funny, despite Nanjiani’s improvisational flair, his ability to find the spluttering poetry in every word of protest. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Stuber’ is a sloppy action-comedy that never surges to life," 11 July 2019 And organized tours, albeit at times monotonous and long, are indeed efficient methods of tackling an area’s top attractions. Anna Ben Yehuda Rahmanan, Fortune, "Ride and Eat in the First Rolling Restaurant in Italy," 10 Aug. 2019 Most of these people probably weren’t much impressed by the lack of panache of Ford, Carter, and the Bushes either, but that was only monotonous, not acoustically jangling, as many intelligent and gentlemanly people find this president. Conrad Black, National Review, "The Trump Steamroller," 16 July 2019 But the beats that ensue are mostly flat and monotonous — and not terribly funny, despite Nanjiani’s improvisational flair, his ability to find the spluttering poetry in every word of protest. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Stuber’ is a sloppy action-comedy that never surges to life," 11 July 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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monotonous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of monotonous

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

monotonous

adjective
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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