Definition of ho-hum in English:

ho-hum

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Pronunciation: /həʊˈhʌm
 
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exclamation

  • Used to express boredom or resignation.
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    • Now I don't need those sights in my head as I prepare to return to work… ho-hum.
    • But ho-hum, they can't include everything, and it didn't really bother me.
    • If your ho-ho has become ho-hum, try something new this year - with a little imagination, you can always reinvent a reason for the season.

adjective

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  • Boring: a ho-hum script
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    • When we were kids, dinosaurs were ho-hum, like a lot of very old things, but in the last 10 or 20 years there has been a real upsurge in interest.
    • Short-but-sweet is better than drawn-out and ho-hum.
    • Maybe this is not surprising as the hacks focus on the main game - the federal election this year - and the fact that state politics have become so predictable and ho-hum.

Origin

1920s: imitative of a yawn.

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