Definition of monotonous in English:



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

    ‘the statistics that he quotes with monotonous regularity’
    • ‘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 rainy season is over, with its dull, monotonous grey skies and unpleasant humid rain.’
    • ‘It could have been interesting, too, but it was just monotonous and redundant.’
    • ‘Many a manager agrees that voices lose novelty and impact, their ideas age, their approach can become monotonous.’
    • ‘While this doesn't happen all the time, it does happen with monotonous regularity.’
    • ‘The very nature of popular film is to provide an escape from daily reality and monotonous routines.’
    • ‘It must get quite mechanical, if not monotonous - do you find yourself just going through the motions?’
    • ‘Say goodbye to eating dull, monotonous and insipid food day after day.’
    • ‘The trek was a bit monotonous at times - I wanted to go faster - but it was relaxing, enjoyable and worth the sore backside.’
    • ‘It was the same monotonous gray as the lighting in this dreary place, and was definitely cement.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But when does joyous, mantric reiteration tip over into something more sinister, or worse, monotonous?’
    • ‘The dominant grey of the shacks gives the area a dull, monotonous appearance, aggravated by the absence of trees.’
    • ‘Interning is tiresome, in a dull and wholly monotonous sort of way, especially on Mondays.’
    • ‘With monotonous regularity the action is carried out in the name, though not explicit in the article, of tolerance.’
    • ‘It's like having an incredibly monotonous and dull job where you sit around doing virtually nothing in complete silence.’
    • ‘Imagine how dull and monotonous the interiors of a house would look but for these fresh burst of hues.’
    • ‘Taking some time out from a boring monotonous chore is truly worth all the hard work.’
    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’
      • ‘The monotonous hum of words out of the undertaker's mouth was slowly lulling my mind into some kind of stasis.’
      • ‘The monotonous sound of his voice gave way to music as soon as I pressed the play button again.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He's talking to me with his head turned away and his voice monotonous and unfeeling.’
      • ‘The same monotonous footsteps pound the floor, and finally stop moving when they approach a doorway.’
      • ‘Kel absent-mindedly chewed on the end of her pencil as she let her teacher's monotonous voice rolled over her.’
      • ‘His voice was monotonous, expressionless and cold, like he'd only just mastered the art of speaking and was none too skilled at it.’
      • ‘She cleared her throat before the monotonous beep and began.’
      • ‘Instead, she moved further into the room and began to speak in a calming, but monotonous voice.’
      • ‘It was a sound low and monotonous at first; then rising, becoming shaped by rhythm and chorused cadence.’
      • ‘The noise, monotonous and unrelenting, brought him back to consciousness.’
      • ‘Sadly, the mix isn't a great one given the sheer volume of dull tracks on offer that quickly blend into one monotonous sound.’
      • ‘Before being shown into a shed, I could hear the miserable monotonous droning, or pecking noises of the birds.’
      • ‘This is perfect for business trips or for drowning out the monotonous sound of that copier next to your cube.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      toneless, flat, unvarying, uninflected, droning, soporific
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