humdrum

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj humdrum tediously repetitious or lacking in variety; all work and no play" "a humdrum existence","nothing is so monotonous as the sea"
    • adj humdrum not challenging; dull and lacking excitement "an unglamorous job greasing engines"
    • n humdrum the quality of wearisome constancy, routine, and lack of variety "he had never grown accustomed to the monotony of his work","he was sick of the humdrum of his fellow prisoners","he hated the sameness of the food the college served"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Humdrum A dull fellow; a bore.
    • Humdrum A low cart with three wheels, drawn by one horse.
    • Humdrum Monotonous and tedious routine. "Dissatisfied with humdrum ."
    • a Humdrum Monotonous; dull; commonplace. "A humdrum crone."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • humdrum Dull; commonplace; homely; tedious.
    • n humdrum A droning tone of voice; monotonous or tedious talk.
    • n humdrum Monotony; tediousness; ennui.
    • n humdrum A dull, tedious fellow; a bore.
    • n humdrum A small, low three-wheeled cart, drawn usually by one horse.
    • humdrum To pass the time in a dull manner.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Humdrum hum′drum dull: droning: monotonous: commonplace
    • n Humdrum a stupid fellow: monotony, tedious talk
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Quotations

  • Joseph De Maistre
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    “In the works of man, everything is as poor as its author; vision is confined, means are limited, scope is restricted, movements are labored, and results are humdrum.”

Usage

In literature:

He must lead a very humdrum sort of life indeed.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, Number 358, August 1845" by Various
Their position seemed as strange to the humdrum world as his own.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
Perhaps Professor Taussig, in spite of his excellent book, is rather a humdrum person himself.
"Progress and History" by Various
In places to which the Italian influence did not penetrate the humdrum trade of copying went on.
"The Wanderings and Homes of Manuscripts" by M. R. James
Nevertheless, Mimile become Emilet, had aspired to greater things: a humdrum honest livelihood was not to his taste!
"Messengers of Evil" by Pierre Souvestre
Such individuals cannot be content with the prosaic, humdrum, monotonous life of regular employment.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
The fever was over, the reign of the humdrum was restored.
"The Trail of the Goldseekers" by Hamlin Garland
It was a narrow, humdrum life the family led.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
Neither you nor I could ever settle down to the humdrum existence of so-called respectability.
"The White Lie" by William Le Queux
But the old school would receive new pupils and go on in the same humdrum way.
"Mountain Meditations" by L. Lind-af-Hageby
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In poetry:

Shivery grasses round about us nodding bonnets in the breeze,
Happy Jacks and Twelve Apostles hurdle-racing up the trees,
Peewees calling from the gullies, living wonders in the pool—
Hard bare seats and drab gray humdrum at the old bush school.
"The Old Bush School" by John O Brien

In news:

Forget the humdrum brats and burgers.
We don't see enough of the Dance Alloy , Pittsburgh's antidote for the humdrum and the mundane.
"Writing about the real world feels so humdrum," Graudin says.
There are few things in life more humdrum than the toothbrush.
A humdrum session at the U.N.
If the potato seems humdrum, think again.
From Humdrum To Razzle Dazzle (Int'l Edition).
For all the razzle-dazzle , Thomson still gets 75% of revenues from humdrum consumer products such as TVs and VCRs.
Even though the poundage was down from the previous Classic on the same lake, no one could say this Classic was a humdrum affair.
Once you've tried this recipe for the potentially humdrum vegetable, you may never go back to the steamed or boiled version.
Nowadays, owning Apple's iconic gadget is so humdrum your grandma is Pinteresting with the best of them.
No humdrum routines for this pet, please.
Park(ing) and Fold {Live} were far from humdrum.
You've got adventure, new and strange destinations, gorgeous scenery, and the opportunity to escape the humdrums of your normal life, plus all of the interesting characters you'll meet along the way.
Inspired by Scandinavian and mid-century modern designs, the Melinki collection by the British company Scion is a cheerful alternative to humdrum, one-color wall and window treatments.
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In science:

So this conjectural, but humdrum, reason also helps explain the second aspect of the RDA literature’s restriction, viz. its setting aside these theories.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
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