humdrum vs sameness what difference

what is difference between humdrum and sameness

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 same +‎ -ness.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation, General American) IPA(key): /ˈseɪmnəs/
  • Hyphenation: same‧ness

Noun

sameness (plural samenesses)

  1. The quality of being the same; identity.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:sameness
    • 1922, Sinclair Lewis, Babbitt, New York: Harcourt, Brace & Co., Chapter XXXIV, p. 391, [1]
      All of them agreed that the working-classes must be kept in their place; and all of them perceived that American Democracy did not imply any equality of wealth, but did demand a wholesome sameness of thought, dress, painting, morals, and vocabulary.
    • 1997, Thomas Mann, Doctor Faustus, translated by John E. Woods, New York: Vintage, 1999, Chapter XX, p. 182,
      However strange it may sound, it always seemed to me [] that Adrian’s laughter-filled friendship with Schildknapp had something to do with the sameness of their eye color
  2. The state of being equivalent; equality.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:equality
  3. A tiring lack of variety; monotony.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:tedium
    • 1860, George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss, Book IV, Chapter II, [2]
      [] in the time when day follows day in dull, unexpectant sameness, and trial is a dreary routine,—it is then that despair threatens []

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