monotone monotone  /ˈmɑ nə ˌtoʊn/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) an unchanging intonation
  2. (n) a single tone repeated with different words or different rhythms (especially in rendering liturgical texts)
  3. (adj) of a sequence or function; consistently increasing and never decreasing or consistently decreasing and never increasing in value
  4. (adj) sounded or spoken in a tone unvarying in pitch

Derived Word(s)

Usage(s):

  1. Singing in an Auto-Tuned monotone with little regard for melody, West sounds ghostly as he recounts his romantic failures in brutal detail.
  2. In a soothing monotone, he highlights the scariest hairpin turns on his itinerary, the ones that combine difficulty with danger plus a jolt of existential risk.
  3. The 32-year-old welder wore his hair slicked in a bygone style and sometimes stammered as he spoke in a flat monotone about prophets and the trials sent by God to test him.

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  1. Hugh added to Britain's Radio Times magazine: "I don't watch regularly. I avert my eyes when my children have it on. I hate seeing myself, but it's even worse hearing my American accent. I had no idea I sound so retarded, a dull monotone, full of...
    on Mar 12, 2008 By: Hugh Laurie Source: Stuff.co.nz

  2. "The only thing is that my volume level, as it went on, increased," Gundy said. "My anger grew. If I had to do it all over again : I would have kept it to a monotone level."
    on Jul 22, 2008 By: Mike Gundy Source: Kansas City Star

  3. "Her tone of voice was very monotone - there wasn'ta lot of feeling behind that," said Bell. "Her voice sounded like someone who was depressed. It sounded down. Her facial expression did not change."
    on Jul 5, 2010 By: Alexander Graham Bell Source: The Boundary Sentinel

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