Definition of humdrum in English:

humdrum

Line breaks: hum|drum
Pronunciation: /ˈhʌmdrʌm
 
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adjective

Lacking excitement or variety; boringly monotonous: humdrum routine work
More example sentences
  • It would be nice to go beyond the usual everyday humdrum routine, I should think.
  • What were you reading when I came to take you away from your usually boring, humdrum life for a time?
  • I used to feel almost trapped by the normal, everyday, humdrum life.
Synonyms
mundane, dull, dreary, boring, tedious, monotonous, banal, ho-hum, tiresome, wearisome, prosaic, unexciting, uninteresting, uneventful, unvarying, unvaried, unremarkable, repetitive, repetitious, routine, ordinary, everyday, day-to-day, quotidian, run-of-the-mill, commonplace, common, workaday, usual, pedestrian, customary, regular, normal; North Americangarden variety
informal typical, vanilla, plain vanilla
British informal common or garden
rare banausic

noun

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Monotonous routine: an escape from the humdrum of his life
More example sentences
  • Perhaps what also appeals to us is the ability to escape the humdrum, routine, everyday boredom and frustration just by murmuring a spell.
  • When Canadians are on the road, an astounding 86 per cent choose to listen to music to beat the highway humdrum.
  • Oftentimes, Drew just couldn't be bothered with the daily humdrum of people buzzing along in her life, (like a hive of visionless bees).

Origin

mid 16th century: probably a reduplication of hum1.

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