ho-hum [hoh-huhm, -huhm] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for ho-hum on Thesaurus.com interjection

  1. (an exclamation expressing boredom, weariness, or contempt.)


  1. dull, boring, or routine; so-so: a ho-hum performance.

Origin of ho-hum First recorded in 1920–25 Related Words for ho-hum innocuous, vapid, trite, bland, banal, ho-hum, flat, uninspired, boring, muted, tepid, delicate, peaceful, sunny, balmy, breezy, benign, warm, weak, calm Examples from the Web for ho-hum Contemporary Examples of ho-hum

  • There was Carol White, a ho-hum homemaker who finds herself besieged by multiple chemical sensitivity in Safe.

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    Marlow Stern

    December 24, 2014

  • Lily Allen explained away the poor sales and ho-hum critical reception to Sheezus by…basically blaming other people.

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    Kevin Fallon

    December 19, 2014

  • The summer of music may have started with a ho-hum and largely stayed there.

    Can Jessie J’s ‘Bang Bang’ Save Us From This Awful Musical Summer?

    Kevin Fallon

    July 30, 2014

  • The ho-hum ‘Super Fun Night,’ however, turns out to be a nightmare, says Kevin Fallon.

    Rebel Wilson’s ‘Super Fun Night’ Is Not So Fun

    Kevin Fallon

    October 2, 2013

  • If it is, Obama will win, even if the economy is ho-hum, and the political scientists will have four years to figure out why.

    Obama’s Secret Weapon

    Michael Tomasky

    November 7, 2011

  • Historical Examples of ho-hum

  • Brand name of one of those mild little red Baby Goudas that make you say “Ho-hum.”

    The Complete Book of Cheese

    Robert Carlton Brown

  • British Dictionary definitions for ho-hum ho-hum adjective

    1. informal lacking interest or inspiration; dull; mediocrea ho-hum album

    Word Origin and History for ho-hum

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

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