Definition of monotonous in English:

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Pronunciation: /məˈnɒt(ə)nəs/


1Dull, tedious, and repetitious; lacking in variety and interest: the statistics that he quotes with monotonous regularity
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  • Interning is tiresome, in a dull and wholly monotonous sort of way, especially on Mondays.
  • Say goodbye to eating dull, monotonous and insipid food day after day.
  • It's like having an incredibly monotonous and dull job where you sit around doing virtually nothing in complete silence.
tedious, boring, dull, uninteresting, unexciting, wearisome, tiresome, repetitive, repetitious, unvarying, unchanging, unvaried, lacking variety, without variety, humdrum, ho-hum, routine, mechanical, mind-numbing, soul-destroying, prosaic, run-of-the-mill, uneventful, unrelieved, dreary, plodding, colourless, featureless, dry as dust, uniform, monochrome
informal deadly
British informal samey
North American informal dullsville
1.1(Of a sound or utterance) lacking in variation in tone or pitch: her slurred monotonous speech
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  • The monotonous sound of his voice gave way to music as soon as I pressed the play button again.
  • This is perfect for business trips or for drowning out the monotonous sound of that copier next to your cube.
  • She muttered to herself as she bore the monotonous sounds of the line ringing.
toneless, flat, unvarying, uninflected, droning, soporific



Pronunciation: /məˈnɒt(ə)nəsli/
Example sentences
  • Here the actors spoke slowly, reverently, and monotonously, with pauses long enough for the audience to go out for a smoke.
  • They just keep on turning out winners almost monotonously.
  • They have not lost at the ground in a league game in 11 visits, and won yesterday in a manner which has become monotonously predictable.


(also monotonise) verb

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Line breaks: mon|ot¦on|ous

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