American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Informal Boring and dull; routine: "a ho-hum speaker who couldn't capture the attention of the conventioneers” ( Chicago Tribune).
- adj. dated, US, Canada Boring; not interesting or novel.
- interj. dated, US, Canada Used to express boredom, disinterest or lack of novelty.
- adj. so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness
““No problem,” I said, trying to keep my expression ho-hum.”
“I remember one year snow stayed on the ground from Christmas Eve (beautiful white Christmas) to the end of March, and so new snow was kind of ho-hum.”
“I am so not surprised by the ho-hum reaction of many of those males.”
“There's a some slight chemistry between leads Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel, but otherwise this rom-com is very ho-hum, says Cath Clarke”
“Seems his ho-hum lack luster performance as well as the turning of public sympathy (what ever little there was before) are the basis for the move.”
“They don't see the ho-hum value of these bar fights for what they are to the vast majority of people just trying to live day to day, because of that emotional investment.”
“As a counterexample, he cites his native Sweden, where the social welfare state tried for much of the 20th century to produce a non-hierarchical society, leaving in its wake several solid decades of ho-hum functional buildings.”
“It was a ho-hum occurrence in New York City, and the stymied walker thought nothing of it.”
“Is yet another ho-hum big box retail store more important than a singular landmark, even if owned by one of the city's most powerful developers?”
“I was only a casual observer of the show and even still only think that it is ho-hum.”
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