Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Sounded or spoken in an unvarying tone.
  • adj. Tediously repetitious or lacking in variety. See Synonyms at boring.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having an unvarying tone or pitch
  • adj. tedious, repetitious or lacking in variety

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Uttered in one unvarying tone; continued with dull uniformity; characterized by monotony; without change or variety; wearisome.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Characterized by monotony; continued in the same tone without inflection or cadence; unvaried in tone.
  • Unvarying in any respect; tiresomely uniform.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. tediously repetitious or lacking in variety
  • adj. sounded or spoken in a tone unvarying in pitch

Etymologies

From Greek monotonos : mono-, mono- + tonos, tone; see tone.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
monotone +‎ -ous (Wiktionary)

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