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humdrum Line breaks: hum|drum
Pronunciation: /ˈhʌmdrʌm/

Definition of humdrum in English:


Lacking excitement or variety; boringly monotonous: humdrum routine work
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  • 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.
North American garden variety
informaltypical, vanilla, plain vanilla
British informalcommon or garden


[mass noun] Back to top  
Monotonous routine: an escape from the humdrum of his life
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  • 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).


Mid 16th century: probably a reduplication of hum1.

Words that rhyme with humdrum

kettledrum • breadcrumb

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