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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

expression of boredom, by 1906. As an adjective, by 1956.


a. (context dated US Canada English) boring; not interesting or novel. alt. (context dated US Canada English) boring; not interesting or novel. interj. (context dated US Canada English) Used to express boredom, disinterest or lack of novelty.


adj. so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness; "a boring evening with uninteresting people"; "the deadening effect of some routine tasks"; "a dull play"; "his competent but dull performance"; "a ho-hum speaker who couldn't capture their attention"; "what an irksome task the writing of long letters is"- Edmund Burke; "tedious days on the train"; "the tiresome chirping of a cricket"- Mark Twain; "other people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome" [syn: boring, deadening, dull, irksome, slow, tedious, tiresome, wearisome]


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Usage examples of "ho-hum".

So after vermin started to get a little ho-hum and insignificant, Lenz starts cabbaging a Hefty bag out from under the sink and taking it with him to meetings and walking back home with it.