Definition of ho-hum in English:

ho-hum

exclamation

  • Used to express boredom or resignation.

    • ‘But I think the public will readily accept the bill, and it will quickly go from ooh-ah to ho-hum.’
    • ‘And what makes it worse, once he does, everybody will just say ho-hum, we're supposed to win.’
    • ‘Again, ho-hum, it's an amphitheatre, and here the stage is the sea.’
    • ‘Now I don't need those sights in my head as I prepare to return to work… ho-hum.’
    • ‘If your ho-ho has become ho-hum, try something new this year - with a little imagination, you can always reinvent a reason for the season.’
    • ‘But ho-hum, they can't include everything, and it didn't really bother me.’
    • ‘Another routine robbery in the Los Angeles area, ho-hum.’

adjective

  • Boring.

    ‘a ho-hum script’
    • ‘There is, of course, nothing wrong with a hobby - unless it becomes ho-hum.’
    • ‘Of course, today's reader might find such a cartoon a bit ho-hum.’
    • ‘The transfer is ho-hum, there are no extras to speak of, and the plot is about as exciting as watching my toenails grow.’
    • ‘If you're not as wealthy as Madonna, for whom such excursions must be ho-hum, it's an exceptional, once-in-a-lifetime experience that can't be beaten.’
    • ‘The pattern is nearly predictable and certainly ho-hum.’
    • ‘The cars are somewhat, well, ho-hum.’
    • ‘Short-but-sweet is better than drawn-out and ho-hum.’
    • ‘Listing impressive numbers is ho-hum.’
    • ‘From a strategy perspective that might seem pretty ho-hum, but it's really about what our clients are looking for.’
    • ‘Operators, however, are discovering that sodas don't have to be ho-hum.’
    • ‘Maybe this is not surprising as the hacks focus on the main game - the federal election this year - and the fact that state politics have become so predictable and ho-hum.’
    • ‘When we were kids, dinosaurs were ho-hum, like a lot of very old things, but in the last 10 or 20 years there has been a real upsurge in interest.’
    • ‘And you were expecting just another ho-hum, humdrum week’
    • ‘May sound ho-hum, but imagine the extra energy you'll have by avoiding the last-minute crunch.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the Caesar salad was only average - ho-hum dressing, sad little croutons and, my pet peeve, artificial bacon bits.’
    • ‘I like that kind of stuff better than seeing all the great castles and cathedrals, which can after a while get a little ho-hum.’
    boring, monotonous, dull, deadly dull, uninteresting, unexciting, unvaried, unvarying, lacking variety, mind-numbing, mindless, soul-destroying, soulless, humdrum, dreary, ho-hum, mundane, wearisome, wearying, tiresome, soporific, dry, as dry as dust, arid, lifeless, colourless, monochrome, uninspired, uninspiring, flat, plodding, slow, banal, vapid, insipid, bland, lacklustre, prosaic, run-of-the-mill, pedestrian, jejune, leaden, heavy
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Origin

1920s: imitative of a yawn.

Pronunciation:

ho-hum

/ˌhōˈhəm/