What is the adverb form of the adjective "custom"?



  • made specially for individual customers.
  • dealing in things so made, or doing work to order.

The adverb form of the noun "custom" is "customarily". However, this question isn't about the noun; it's about the adjective.

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    I don't think that there is a direct adverb, since "custom" in this sense is derived from "customer". And other terms such as "bespoke" are equally oddly derived.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented May 14, 2020 at 1:30
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    There is a compound verb custom-make, used most often in its past participle form, custom-made. For instance, She has a custom-made suit that she wears to the Board meetings. Another adjective with the same meaning (though mostly UK) is bespoke, which seems to falute higher than custom-made. Commented May 14, 2020 at 2:17

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The advebrb of custom in the sense specified is custom, as in:

They custom make airbrushes for specific applications.

We custom build each ad from the ground up

He custom built pull-out drawers and added dividers measuring slightly over 6 inches.

We custom make each brake line to your exact specifications

We had it custom fit without the train and it was beyond breathtaking.

You can also get it custom engraved for an additional $10.

  • Yep, you got it!
    – Hot Licks
    Commented May 14, 2020 at 2:08
  • You don't include supporting references; I haven't found any dictionary listing 'custom' as an adverb. I'd say that custom[Ø/-]make, custom[Ø/-]build etc are fully-fledged compound verbs; the [adverb + verb] stage seems to have been bypassed. But these usages are the way this semantic need is actually handled. Commented May 17, 2020 at 18:53
  • The examples of real use are supporting references, and it wouldn't be the first time dictionaries have made an oversight. As for compound verbs, there is a clear space inbetween the two words in these constructions and the variety of verbs taking adverb custom as modifier would seem to argue that they are not 'stuck' together: roast, rig, print, measure, make, create, engrave, install, formulate, blend, edge, machine, plan, pick, grow, forge, develop, craft, compile.... All these and more may be found in the wild modified by custom.
    – DW256
    Commented May 19, 2020 at 6:11

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