Definition of monotony in US English:



  • 1Lack of variety and interest; tedious repetition and routine.

    ‘you can become resigned to the monotony of captivity’
    • ‘In fact, it's likely they may be tired and dreading the monotony of a step routine.’
    • ‘This was evident, too, in the terrible monotony of the subjects studied and the very limited variety of the sources used.’
    • ‘So short are the new trees that not a leaf breaks the angular monotony of gabled roof lines.’
    • ‘The football season was in full swing, and the monotony of routine has set in.’
    • ‘Occasionally breakdown to break the monotony of a long journey with frequent stops.’
    • ‘Midsummer vacations are eagerly awaited every year by all students with the sole objective of getting a break from the monotony of studies.’
    • ‘All of these methods can break the muscle monotony of traditional routines and shock complacent bodyparts into new gains.’
    • ‘They watch football to lose themselves in the game and take a break from the everyday monotony of their lives.’
    • ‘Once again, contrast piping or tone-on-tone jacquard prints are a great way to break up the monotony of solids.’
    • ‘The tedious monotony of his job did not deter him from being innovative.’
    • ‘Still, while locked up, the inmates look for something to relieve the boredom and monotony of prison life.’
    • ‘A great tasting meal replacement breaks the monotony of your diet.’
    • ‘As he headed out to his next class, he hoped the test scores, when they came out, would give him a break from the normal monotony of his life.’
    • ‘It broke up the monotony of the water and it was interesting the way the boat appeared to nod as it rode the waves.’
    • ‘The Tallahassee cop decided to play a little gag to break the monotony of a training mission.’
    • ‘He had a penchant for framing shots through the spokes of the nearest wagon wheel, to break up the visual monotony of a scene.’
    • ‘Each artist had her dress in a different colour avoiding the monotony of uniformity.’
    • ‘Metallic fabrics broke the monotony of a restrained colour palette dominated by greys and blush pink.’
    • ‘There is very little to break the familiarity and deadening monotony of Aslam's routine.’
    • ‘It will break the daily monotony of riding on cramped and airless trains.’
    tedium, tediousness, lack of variety, dullness, boredom, lack of variation, repetitiveness, repetitiousness, repetition, sameness, unchangingness, uniformity, routine, routineness, wearisomeness, tiresomeness, humdrumness, lack of interest, lack of excitement, prosaicness, uneventfulness, dreariness, colourlessness, featurelessness
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    1. 1.1 Sameness of pitch or tone in a sound or utterance.
      ‘depression flattens the voice almost to monotony’
      • ‘The sweetness of the vocal harmonies is tempered by the rawness of the guitar and the unremitting monotony of the drum patterns.’
      • ‘‘You did,’ Alysia accused, her tone faltering from its usual emotionless monotony.’
      • ‘She thought that maybe her mind was making the tone sound different so as to break the monotony but then the sounds began to make sense.’
      • ‘A bass voice, she adds, breaks the monotony of a song, bringing variety to the music.’
      tonelessness, flatness, lack of inflection, drone
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