Definition of monotonous in English:



  • 1Dull, tedious, and repetitious; lacking in variety and interest.

    ‘the statistics that he quotes with monotonous regularity’
    • ‘Interning is tiresome, in a dull and wholly monotonous sort of way, especially on Mondays.’
    • ‘Imagine how dull and monotonous the interiors of a house would look but for these fresh burst of hues.’
    • ‘With monotonous regularity the action is carried out in the name, though not explicit in the article, of tolerance.’
    • ‘Taking some time out from a boring monotonous chore is truly worth all the hard work.’
    • ‘Say goodbye to eating dull, monotonous and insipid food day after day.’
    • ‘It could have been interesting, too, but it was just monotonous and redundant.’
    • ‘When practice sessions become monotonous, players lose interest and focus.’
    • ‘He said research showed that up to 20 per cent of accidents on monotonous roads such as motorways were related to tiredness.’
    • ‘It's like having an incredibly monotonous and dull job where you sit around doing virtually nothing in complete silence.’
    • ‘While this doesn't happen all the time, it does happen with monotonous regularity.’
    • ‘The dominant grey of the shacks gives the area a dull, monotonous appearance, aggravated by the absence of trees.’
    • ‘Many a manager agrees that voices lose novelty and impact, their ideas age, their approach can become monotonous.’
    • ‘But when does joyous, mantric reiteration tip over into something more sinister, or worse, monotonous?’
    • ‘It must get quite mechanical, if not monotonous - do you find yourself just going through the motions?’
    • ‘It was the same monotonous gray as the lighting in this dreary place, and was definitely cement.’
    • ‘I'm sure someone will present me with some kind of horridly boring monotonous work any minute now.’
    • ‘I love the games but training is a bit monotonous really.’
    • ‘The trek was a bit monotonous at times - I wanted to go faster - but it was relaxing, enjoyable and worth the sore backside.’
    • ‘The very nature of popular film is to provide an escape from daily reality and monotonous routines.’
    • ‘The rainy season is over, with its dull, monotonous grey skies and unpleasant humid rain.’
    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
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    1. 1.1(of a sound or utterance) lacking in variation in tone or pitch.
      ‘her slurred monotonous speech’
      • ‘Instead, she moved further into the room and began to speak in a calming, but monotonous voice.’
      • ‘The monotonous hum of words out of the undertaker's mouth was slowly lulling my mind into some kind of stasis.’
      • ‘Winnie picked up the phone and a monotonous voice came out of the speaker.’
      • ‘She muttered to herself as she bore the monotonous sounds of the line ringing.’
      • ‘She awoke the next day, as her alarm clock let out a monotonous but loud beep.’
      • ‘The teachers voice was monotonous as he replied, looking somewhat angry, or flustered.’
      • ‘A click, a pause and the monotonous hum of the dialtone left me feeling weary and drained.’
      • ‘The noise, monotonous and unrelenting, brought him back to consciousness.’
      • ‘The same monotonous footsteps pound the floor, and finally stop moving when they approach a doorway.’
      • ‘He's talking to me with his head turned away and his voice monotonous and unfeeling.’
      • ‘It was a sound low and monotonous at first; then rising, becoming shaped by rhythm and chorused cadence.’
      • ‘His voice was monotonous, expressionless and cold, like he'd only just mastered the art of speaking and was none too skilled at it.’
      • ‘This is perfect for business trips or for drowning out the monotonous sound of that copier next to your cube.’
      • ‘Before being shown into a shed, I could hear the miserable monotonous droning, or pecking noises of the birds.’
      • ‘Sadly, the mix isn't a great one given the sheer volume of dull tracks on offer that quickly blend into one monotonous sound.’
      • ‘Kel absent-mindedly chewed on the end of her pencil as she let her teacher's monotonous voice rolled over her.’
      • ‘She cleared her throat before the monotonous beep and began.’
      • ‘The only sound to be heard was the monotonous hum of the engine as the car continued its trek down the long quiet street.’
      • ‘If that wasn't torturous enough, my alarm clock began to ring in its dull, monotonous tone.’
      • ‘The monotonous sound of his voice gave way to music as soon as I pressed the play button again.’
      toneless, flat, unvarying, uninflected, droning, soporific
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