Where does the word “Humdrum” come from and What does Humdrum mean?

Hum, yes, because that which is humdrum has the monotony of the humming of a bee or other insect.

But drum, well, did this added syllable, back in the sixteenth century, also convey the monotone of a drumbeat?

It is doubtful, though such could have been the case.

where does the word humdrum come from and what does humdrum mean

But it is more likely that drum was added merely because it rhymed with hum and just happened to be a word itself.

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