I looked up for the adverb, and I found "boringly"..but what I'm looking for is the adverb for the person who's doing something boring: "Like always, he was -boringly- listening to the new lesson." In this sentence, what adverb should I use instead of boringly?

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    "EL&Ualy" works for me. – Hot Licks Aug 26 '17 at 19:59
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    How about lethargically? – Black and White Aug 26 '17 at 20:17
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    You're making a classic confusion between bored and boring. 'He is bored, listening to music' = 'He doesn't care much about the music'. 'He is boring, listening to music' = "he is not very interesting to be around when he listens to the music.' So which do you want, is the person boring, or are other people bored by what he is doing? – Mitch Aug 26 '17 at 20:59
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    ODO gives 'boredly' as the adverb derived from bored rather than boring. – Edwin Ashworth Aug 26 '17 at 21:31

You are looking for an adverb that modifies listening. And the adverb must fit for the person who is doing something boring. To him, taking the new lesson is boring.

I don’t know if he’s in fact bored, but I can imagine that he’s engaged in a kind of behavior to make it look boring. Using boredly can be one good way to show how boring it looks, but that’s not what you are looking for[1].

You can visualize how he looks and behaves, and pick the right word for yourself. I may suggest the following:

"Like always, he was idly, lazily, aimlessly, indifferently, lethargically (as previously commented), indolently, languidly, or confusedly, listening to the new lesson.”

[1] The adverb boredly is listed in Oxford Living Dictionaries. http://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/boredly


There is not a single word, but the phrase you need is with boredom.

Like always, he was, with boredom, listening to the new lesson.

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    ODO gives 'boredly' as the adverb derived from bored rather than boring. – Edwin Ashworth Aug 26 '17 at 21:31
  • It was in fact my immediate first thought. But the OED doesn't have an entry for it. – WS2 Aug 27 '17 at 18:12
  • Again, which update of OED? It tends to lag behind other reputable dictionaries in accepting wordness. – Edwin Ashworth Aug 27 '17 at 21:26
  • @EdwinAshworth The current online edition, widely available free of charge across the UK. – WS2 Aug 28 '17 at 8:23
  • It's usually better to check elsewhere for recent developments. OED may grind exceedingly fine but it grinds slowly too. – Edwin Ashworth Aug 28 '17 at 16:49

Adverbs do not modify nouns - rather, they give further description to verbs, other adverbs, adjectives, or prepositions. I believe you will need to give a different description to the person (noun), then relate that to the action.

For example: "Bored to death, as always, Fred listened to the new lesson." or: "Fred listened to the mind-numbingly boring lesson."

Notice that the adverb in the second example modifies the description (adjective) of the "lesson." ["mind-numbingly" = adverb, modifying "boring"]

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