Monotony is when you have too much of a boring thing: one tone of voice going on and on, one piece of flat music playing over and over, one infomercial droning on and on. There is no variety in monotony.

Monotony goes back to the Greek root monotonos, which comes from mono-, "single," and tonos, "tone." One tone only equals monotony. A day with a lot of repetition, or monotony, is humdrum. When you get too much of the same boring, one-note thing, you experience monotony. Monotony. Monotony.

Definitions of monotony

n the quality of wearisome constancy, routine, and lack of variety

“he had never grown accustomed to the monotony of his work”
humdrum, sameness
Type of:
characterized by an absence of variation

n constancy of tone or pitch or inflection

Type of:
constancy, stability
the quality of being enduring and free from change or variation

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.