mo·​not·​o·​ny | \ mə-ˈnä-tə-nē How to pronounce monotony (audio) , -ˈnät-nē \

Definition of monotony

1 : tedious sameness the monotony of the landscape the monotony of prison life fixing a variety of foods to avoid monotonySHAPE
2 : sameness of tone or sound the soft monotony of her voice

Examples of monotony in a Sentence

She hated the monotony of the job. The brief storm was a relief from the monotony of the hot summer afternoon.
Recent Examples on the Web That commonality doesn’t have to transform into monotony. Dominic Pino, National Review, 1 Aug. 2021 Relaxed drums and a jazzy guitar playing while singer Nick Carpenter croons about the monotony of the pandemic and missing an ex makes for a groovy song. Washington Post, 31 Oct. 2020 The sofas are all configured at an angle to break up the monotony of a classic, symmetrical living room, and all the fun, luxe fabrics warm up the open and airy space. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 13 Apr. 2022 After dealing with the tragedy of losing a child, and the monotony of domestic life, her life suddenly looked a whole lot brighter. Katie Hafner, Scientific American, 7 Apr. 2022 This would also relieve the monotony of the 3-Point Contest, which was fun when there were only a few outstanding 3-point shooters. Paul Sullivan,, 21 Feb. 2022 Expressions of grief online proliferated during the pandemic – some people are lamenting monotony, some are unpacking traumatic loss. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, 11 Feb. 2022 Amid the futility and monotony of high school in Gardena, change was an enticing proposition. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2022 Vast, rugged domains are begging to be explored, and few outfitters provide a more robust cornucopia of off-grid escapes from office desk monotony than Polaris Adventures, the experience branch of the renowned all-terrain vehicle manufacturer. J.d. Simkins, Sunset Magazine, 7 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of monotony

1636, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for monotony

see monotonous

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“Monotony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for monotony


mo·​not·​o·​ny | \ mə-ˈnä-tə-nē How to pronounce monotony (audio) \
plural monotonies

Kids Definition of monotony

: a boring lack of change

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