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boring and ordinary
  • How to Memorize
    • humdrum - dull
  • Analysis

    Something ‘humdrum’ lacks variety or excitement. It is so monotonous and unchallenging that you might ‘hum’ and ‘drum’ your fingers out of sheer boredom. The word is typically used in relation to a routine, job, or way of living.

  • Exam DBSpoken DBOther
    Antonymsexhilaratingabsorbing, breathtaking,
  • Example(s)
    1. I’m struggling to motivate myself to spend another humdrum day at the office.

    2. We’re living such a humdrum life at the moment. That’s why we’re thinking of adding some adventure by moving abroad.

    3. The work you'll be doing here will not be humdrum. Everyday throws up something different in this job.