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The cafeteria food is good, but it gets monotonous after a while.
  lacking in variety — typically boring
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monotony monotonous monotonously monotonousness
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  • The cafeteria food is good, but it gets monotonous after a while.
  • Nothing is so monotonous as the sea on a calm day
  • The only sound is the monotonous hum of the heater on the ceiling.
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • investigative reporting is mostly monotonous work, digging through thousands of words for the one word that doesn’t ring true.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese

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  • Granpa said that when things had got monotonous for ol’ Slick he had gone so far as to come and set in the edge of the cabin clearing, trying to get Granpa and the hounds to trail him.
    Forest Carter  --  Education of Little Tree
  • For the first hours, the drama of the storm kept them fascinated, amazed at its power, wondering when the next peal of thunder would shake the cliffs. Then the driving rain became simply monotonous,
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • His voice was monotonous, had no emphasis.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • Occasionally, rumors of my eventual return to Iraq would interrupt the monotony of my days, but since I’d been there before, the thought of my return affected me little.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • During the next week, Cole settled into the monotonous routine of the detention center.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • One thing that helped to break the monotony of being locked in by the storm was the arrival of Leon and Eugene.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima

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  • I remember the monotony. Digging foxholes. Slapping mosquitoes. The sun and the heat and the endless paddies.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • We could hear the wheels churning out that monotonous rhythm of a train traveling through the night.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • It was as though, so long as the deceit ran along quiet and monotonous, all of us let ourselves be deceived,
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • That a carnival is a real good idea. Something to break the monotony.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • So he continued monotonously to chew tobacco and to increase the length of his amber beard.
    Jack London  --  To Build a Fire
  • Its pendulum swung to and fro with a dull, heavy, monotonous clang;
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Masque of the Red Death
  • But he was so boring and monotonous that he was only teaching us how to sleep with our eyes open.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutlely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • And maybe we can worry a little, just to break up the monotony.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • Getting out of this deep well of monotony I’m slowly drowning in.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • ...monotonously falls the rain.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • He started talking in this very monotonous voice,
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • The desert, with its endless monotony, put him to dreaming.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • The wind cried and whisked in the brush, and the family went on monotonously, hour after hour.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • Adam played me snippets of bands he liked, a Swedish pop trio that sounded monotonous but then some Icelandic art band that was quite beautiful.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • From far back in the flinty hills, the monotonous call of a hoot owl floated down in the silent night.
    Wilson Rawls  --  Where the Red Fern Grows
  • I knew my family would be waiting to share news of the day. The very monotony I had lately disdained cried out to me: I am essential. Without me you will wither,
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • He is horrified and turns his head toward WILLY’S room, still dimly lit, from which the strains of LINDA’S desperate but monotonous humming rise.
    Arthur Miller  --  Death of a Salesman
  • She began to play it with her fingers - a steady, monotonous thrumming that you didn’t notice after a few minutes.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • Hearing these words from his mother made Gregor realise that the lack of any direct human communication, along with the monotonous life led by the family during these two months, must have made him confused - he could think of no other way of explaining to himself why he had seriously wanted his room emptied out.
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis
  • to while away the monotony of the summer at Fort Adams
    Edward E. Hale  --  The Man Without a Country
  • He got so frantic that he began to thrash from side to side like someone very sick with a high fever who can only monotonously repeat a motion or a word.
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • The monotonous beat of the dragon’s wings made his eyes feel heavy.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • Akela never raised his head from his paws, but went on with the monotonous cry: "Look well!"
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • The same families married the same families until relationships were hopelessly entangled and the members of the community looked monotonously alike.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • The teacher is very monotonous and mundane.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • Aspen and I were rarities, a Five and Six pulled out of our monotonous lives and placed in the palace.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • I could hear the rolling sound of the waves, soothing in its monotony, and after a few minutes, I felt myself drifting off.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Truthfully, I was looking forward to getting back to the normal monotony of shuffling papers.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • The thing about getting dumped generally, and getting dumped by Katherines in particular, was how utterly monotonous it was.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • But December came and went, a monotony of gray, of muted Christmas carols coming from downstairs.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • You rotate the duties to help break up the monotony.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • Being an A&O that February—a leap year, no less—was a strange combination of confusion and monotony.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • When the ice melted, sandy riverbeds were deposited on the land below, where they now provide almost the sole visual relief in the bleak monotony of the tundra plains.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • And though it was a welcome break from the monotony of lecture, this most recent activity had a sinister element too.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Matthew’s voice was harsh and monotonous.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • The sky became quite gray and. along with it, the whole countryside seemed to lose its color and assume the same monotonous tone.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • The song of the locomotive was monotonous as they traveled north, and the hours seemed like Mama’s never-ending ball of thread unwinding in front of them.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • I found a story about a boy and his dog lost in a cave and began reading while Miss Crocker’s voice droned on monotonously.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Charles Wallace’s strange, monotonous voice ground against her ears.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • The scenery and motion were so monotonous that Salva might have slept, except he was afraid that if he did, he might fall over the side.
    Linda Sue Park  --  A Long Walk to Water
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