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humdrum adj. 单调的;无聊的 | n. 单调;乏味 | vi...

  • Well-executed lighting—by way of dimmers, LED lighting and old-fashion DIY—can jazz up a humdrum space, provide a splash of chic and enhance the ambiance of an entire home.

    FORBES: 10 Easy Ways To Decorate Your Home With Lighting

  • For 25 years Visa operated as a humdrum service bureau for banks, with a bureaucracy as hidebound and inflexible as its computer system.

    FORBES: Companies & Strategies

  • It is the gentle yet penetrating lucidity of Mr Eugenides's writing that makes a slightly humdrum plot into so involving a novel.

    ECONOMIST: A new take on Jane Austen

  • It has succumbed because of a humdrum failure to rein in wage increases and to modernise a bureaucracy schooled in tallying the quiet remains of the first global empire, as well as an inability to coax upstanding family companies, which for centuries have crafted textiles, ceramics and shoes, into competing with the Chinese.

    ECONOMIST: Portugal

  • Mostly, though, the speech laid out the humdrum economies of a man whose ambitions ran to political advancement, not wealth.

    NEWYORKER: Wag the Dog

  • The behavioural economists reckon this may be because psychologists have focused on trying to link the moon to extreme behavioural problems in a few disturbed people, rather than to more humdrum lunacies affecting humanity as a whole, including a bias against shares around full moons.

    ECONOMIST: How the sun and the moon move markets

  • That does not require a radical rewriting of the rules, but a more humdrum sense of right and wrong.

    ECONOMIST: Political party funding

  • For starters, Apple watchers expect a relatively humdrum set of announcements on Tuesday.

    FORBES: Macworld '09

  • While handling humdrum cases, he made a successful run for the city council and a losing one for the school committee.

    NEWYORKER: Less Said

  • Investors will get a snapshot Thursday of Dell 's efforts to transform itself from humdrum vendor of basic-black PCs to American businesses into a company able to sell snazzy machines to consumers worldwide.

    FORBES: Dell's Report Card

  • You will do this for one noble reason--the desire to bring a smidgen of your own special star quality to your friends' and family's otherwise humdrum lives--and for many practical ones.

    FORBES: It's a beautiful thing for the holidays.

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