Adjective "monotone" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


A continuing sound, especially of a person's voice, that is unchanging in pitch and without intonation.
  1. 'An officer from his section stood outside his door, staring ahead sightlessly, opening his mouth to recite a message in a monotone.'
  2. 'They sat there repeating the Master's mantras in a monotone.'
  3. 'Swallowing hard, the ashen-faced girl continued, her ‘composed’ voice merely an emotionless monotone.'
  4. 'He reached his wife, Emily, and told her the news in a monotone.'
  5. 'It's like sitting around a campfire, listening to someone tell a ghost story in a monotone.'
  6. 'Despite the inescapable monotone of his voice, he managed to embrace virtually all kinds of music.'
  7. 'The singer's voice remains a sulky monotone throughout, never sounding remotely genuine, just hopelessly indifferent.'
  8. 'If yes, did that person smile warmly or speak in a monotone?'
  9. 'Is your voice expressive or do you speak in a monotone?'
  10. 'The only problem was that the priest delivered the liturgy in a monotone.'


(of a voice or other sound) unchanging in pitch; without intonation or expressiveness.
  1. '‘That depends,’ she said in a monotone voice, looking very bored.'
  2. 'She appears gaunt, pale, her eyes deep set and dark, answering in almost a monotone voice.'
  3. '‘Welcome,’ a monotone voice echoed through the darkness.'
  4. 'Its normally monotone voice sounded distant and weak.'
  5. 'He continued to drone on in his monotone voice.'
  6. 'After about five minutes, he waved his hand in front of Hannah's eyes again, and got the same monotone response, ‘Just one moment.’'
  7. 'The monotone voice from the speakers echoed across the field.'
  8. 'He sighed heavily, listening to his father's monotone voice drone on and on about what he needed to do.'
  9. '‘I now pronounce you husband and wife,’ the minister droned in a monotone voice.'
  10. 'The P.A. system clicks on and a woman's monotone voice tells us that she will be announcing the first panel of the day.'
  11. 'the monotone housing estates of the big cities'


1. a vocal utterance or series of speech sounds in one unvaried tone.

2. a single tone without harmony or variation in pitch.

3. recitation or singing of words in such a tone.

4. a person who is unable to discriminate between or to reproduce differences in musical pitch, especially in singing.

5. sameness of tone or color, sometimes to a boring degree. adjective

6. monotonous.

7. consisting of or characterized by a uniform tone of one color: a monotone drape. Compare monochromat

More examples(as adjective)

"voices can be monotone."

"truths can be monotone."

"tones can be monotone."

"speeches can be monotone."

"silks can be monotone."

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Mid 17th century: from modern Latin monotonus, from late Greek monotonos.