humdrum vs prosaic what difference

what is difference between humdrum and prosaic

English

Etymology

Possible reduplication of hum, 1550s.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈhʌmdɹʌm/

Adjective

humdrum (comparative more humdrum, superlative most humdrum)

  1. Lacking variety or excitement; dull; boring.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:boring
    • 1999, Lucy Honig, The Truly Needy And Other Stories, University of Pittsburgh Press (→ISBN), page 89:
      He suggested cusk, because he knew they would have it. She had never heard of cusk. “Doesn’t it sound exotic!” she said. “Exotic indeed!” he laughed, and almost told her what a humdrum fish it really was, but stopped himself.

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Noun

humdrum (countable and uncountable, plural humdrums)

  1. (uncountable) The quality of lacking variety or excitement.
    Synonyms: dullness, monotony
    • 2010, Clare Vanderpool, Moon Over Manifest
      I think it helped distract us from the dry, humdrum, and heat of the here and now.
  2. (countable, dated) A stupid fellow.
    • 1834, Elizabeth Frances Dagley, The Young Seer, Or Early Searches Into Futurity (page 103)
      So, after settling it that Mr. and Mrs. Wilson were complete country humdrums, the daughters hoydens, the sons awkward half-dandies, and the company altogether any thing but agreeable, she came to a conclusion she had done fifty times before, that the country was not like London.

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English

Etymology

From Middle French prosaïque, from Medieval Latin prosaicus (in prose), from Latin prosa (prose), from prorsus (straightforward, in prose), from Old Latin provorsus (straight ahead), from pro- (forward) + vorsus (turned), from vertō (to turn), from Proto-Indo-European *wer- (to turn, to bend).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /pɹəʊˈzeɪ.ɪk/
  • (US) IPA(key): /pɹoʊˈzeɪ.ɪk/
  • Rhymes: -eɪɪk

Adjective

prosaic (comparative more prosaic, superlative most prosaic)

  1. Pertaining to or having the characteristics of prose.
    Antonym: poetic
  2. (of writing or speaking) Straightforward; matter-of-fact; lacking the feeling or elegance of poetry.
  3. (main usage, usually of writing or speaking but also figurative) Overly plain, simple or commonplace, to the point of being boring.
    Synonyms: humdrum, dull, unimaginative; see also Thesaurus:boring
    • 1931, H. P. Lovecraft, The Whisperer in Darkness, chapter 6:
      Their steepness and abruptness were even greater than I had imagined from hearsay, and suggested nothing in common with the prosaic objective world we know.

Related terms

  • prosaically
  • prosaicness
  • prose

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  • Caprios, ipocras, picaros

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