As the title states, I'm looking for a word that emphasizes the mundane nature of something. "The ____ of my job had me bored and itching for something new."

My first thought was mundanity, but it doesn't seem to be very widely used - spell check doesn't even pick it up.

What is another, more common word for mundanity that is more widely understood to reflect the mundane nature of something?

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    I'd honestly say 241,000 results on google is enough and recommend that you ignore what spellcheck does and doesn't pick up, but if you really want an alternative might I suggest drudgery (Merriam-Webster)? – John Clifford Apr 6 '16 at 15:13
  • My dictionary lists both "mundaneness" and "mundanity". – GEdgar Apr 6 '16 at 15:54
  • @GEdgar I found it in the dictionary as well, as linked in the question, but it seems like that kind of word that people might understand, hence the search for something a little more commonly used :) – levelonehuman Apr 6 '16 at 16:04
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    Or 'my mundane job had me....'...avoids 'mundanity' which sounds a bit stilted. – Pete855217 Apr 6 '16 at 16:35


Lack of variety and interest; tedious repetition and routine

  • +1. That's the word I was searching for when I came up with drudgery instead, but monotony is the original one that was on the tip of my brain. – John Clifford Apr 6 '16 at 15:18
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    No idea why I didn't think of monotony. Thanks for the answer! Upvoted, will wait a little while before accepting. – levelonehuman Apr 6 '16 at 15:36

Banality may be another good option.

something that is boring or ordinary; especially : an uninteresting statement : a banal remark

the quality of being ordinary or banal

Merriam-Webster Online

In this context I do prefer monotony, though.


Perhaps quotidian

Ordinary or everyday, especially when mundane: his story is an achingly human one, mired in quotidian details

Oxford Dictionary Online

  • Not a bad word, though it seems awfully hoity-toity if you accompany it with "itching for something new". Does it have a noun form that would fit the OP's sentence? :P – John Clifford Apr 6 '16 at 15:49
  • @JohnClifford I haven't come across a noun form. It is a bit formal, not an everyday sort of word. Perhaps that's why I like it. I have a minister friend whose sermons draw inspiration from everyday events. He finds the divine in the quotidian. – bib Apr 6 '16 at 15:53
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    But if OP accepts an adjective, mundane is a vastly more sensible choice for a 'more common word'. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 6 '16 at 15:56
  • Quotidian probably fails the common test. – bib Apr 6 '16 at 15:57
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    @dangph While it can mean daily, in my experience it tends to connote mundane bordering on dreariness in most present usage. The exceptions tend to be French, as in le pain quotidien – bib Apr 7 '16 at 2:11

The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;-
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!

With the poet Wordsworth, I think that perhaps worldliness might serve your purpose on the voyage between the isles of Tedium and Ennui, even though the word often bespeaks urbane wisdom and practicality. It is, after all, an English transliteration of mundane (L., mundus).

  • tedium is a good word; worldliness means not locked away in a convent or some such thing. – Lambie Apr 6 '16 at 17:37

Tedium could be considered a common synonym.


Profanity would make sense for your example.

  • Could you explain why? – 568ml Apr 7 '16 at 10:42

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