mo·​not·​o·​nous | \ mə-ˈnä-tə-nəs How to pronounce monotonous (audio) , -ˈnät-nəs \

Essential Meaning of monotonous

used to describe something that is boring because it is always the same a monotonous taskStudents complained that the meals were monotonous.She spoke in a monotonous voice.

Full 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 Lonely and monotonous, remote workdays are leaving us with wandering attention spans. WSJ, 23 Sep. 2021 For Herbert, the time appears momentous, even if his next steps come in the monotonous. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2021 The first round of guest hosts relied extensively on newscasters who, while perfectly serviceable, were sometimes boring and monotonous. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 20 Aug. 2021 If life has begun to feel a little monotonous, then make an effort to step outside your usual schedule today and do something different. Tarot Astrologers,, 15 Sep. 2021 Minus fanfare and plugging along routinely over a hazardous route with monotonous safety, the Superfortress weather men are laying the foundations for long-range forecasting for North America. Aubrey O. Cookman, Popular Mechanics, 9 Sep. 2021 Lounging on deck and sipping a glass of port while slowly sailing past the hilly terrain full of terraced vineyards and quintas – gleaming white farmhouses with signage proclaiming the brand of wine produced on the site – never grew monotonous. Dan Fellner, The Arizona Republic, 3 Sep. 2021 The monotonous mugginess continues, with lows in the low to mid-70s. Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2021 The form of Muñoz Molina’s novel mirrors the transformation of the city into a monotonous set of disconnected spaces. Alejandro Chacoff, The New Yorker, 23 Aug. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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Kids Definition of monotonous

: boring from always being the same a monotonous task

Other Words from monotonous

monotonously adverb

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