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

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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 This monotony could indicate that only bone-dry hydrogen and helium fill the planet’s voluminous atmospheres—but that conclusion would clash with how such worlds likely form. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "These ‘super puff’ planets have the same density as cotton candy," 27 Dec. 2019 Shoutout to the 2006 Oakland Athletics for breaking up the monotony. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Jace Frederick: This is how we playoff baseball," 7 Oct. 2019 Let the sheer grinding monotony of Cats stand as a measuring stick for future cinematic takes on Broadway musicals that hope to match its unparalleled, bottom-feeding dreadfulness. Brittany Shammas, Washington Post, "‘The biggest disaster of the decade’: A roundup of the most memorable ‘Cats’ reviews," 20 Dec. 2019 Indistinguishable companies selling widgets and signs and accounting services blend into the monotony of suburban America. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Fender is reinventing itself for the future of music while holding onto its past," 13 Dec. 2019 Accounts such as Insta Repeat illustrate the platform’s monotony by posting grids of indistinguishable photos posted by different users—a person in a yellow raincoat standing at the base of a waterfall, or a hand holding up a bright fall leaf. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "The Age of Instagram Face," 12 Dec. 2019 Of course, that probably spoke more to the pride Muhlbach has taken in his longevity and his dedication to the workaday, grinding monotony of attempting to perform a singular function perfectly every time. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions' Don Muhlbach now top 100 of games played, still not taking it for granted," 13 Oct. 2019 Yuli Gurriel's fifth-inning flare should have continued the monotony. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros take down Blue Jays in series opener," 30 Aug. 2019 There can be a certain monotony when outfitting a living room. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This Tete-A-Tete Is So Good, You'll Forget Your Sofa Existed," 27 Aug. 2019

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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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18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Monotony.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of monotony

: a lack of change that makes something boring : a monotonous quality


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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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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