We recently looked at different ways of saying ‘interesting’. Sadly, not everything in life is fascinating, absorbing or gripping. Now and then, something that we watch, read or in some other way experience is, well… boring. However, if you read this post, you’ll at least be able to use interesting words and phrases to say that things are boring!
An alternative to ‘boring’ is the word dull:
I found the talk a bit dull, to be honest.
If you want to emphasize that something is very dull, you can use the phrase (as) dull as dishwater/ditchwater:
The leaders’ debate itself was as dull as dishwater.
Another useful alternative to ‘boring’ is the adjective tedious:
I very rarely iron clothes – I find it so tedious.
Moving on now to adjectives with a slight additional meaning, if something is boring and it makes you feel sad or hopeless, you might describe it as dreary:
It was another dreary day in the office.
I’m so bored of these dreary, grey skies.
a repetitive task
The work is very monotonous.
(‘Monotonous’ also describes voices and sounds that are boring because they stay the same, never going higher or lower).
Meanwhile, a job or activity that is extremely boring is sometimes described very emphatically as mind-numbing:
the mind-numbing task of data entry
A word that emphasizes that something is boring because there is nothing new or different about it is humdrum:
She longed to escape her humdrum existence.
Something that is rather boring because it’s the same as so many others of the same type is sometimes described as run-of-the-mill:
It’s a fairly run-of-the-mill romantic comedy.
They just have run-of-the-mill bar food.
The sauce needs a bit of spice – it’s a bit bland.
an insipid, milky drink
These adjectives are also applied more generally to things that have no special qualities or features and are therefore boring:
The rooms are very beige and bland/insipid.
Something that is boring because it lacks colour is sometimes described as drab:
We wore a drab, grey uniform.
A boring song, show, story, etc. that is soon forgotten because it isn’t special in any way is sometimes described as forgettable:
The lyrics are cliched, the melody forgettable.
Finally, a frequently used idiom in this area is watch paint dry. If watching something is very boring, people sometimes say humorously, it’s like watching paint dry or they would rather watch paint dry:
The last time I went to the theatre, it was like watching paint dry.
I’d rather watch paint dry than sit through another episode.
I hope that nothing in your week is dreary or monotonous!