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Meaning of serious by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English seryows, from Old French serieux, from Medieval Latin sēriōsus, an extension of Latin sērius ( “grave, earnest, serious” ), from Proto-Indo-European *swēr- ( “heavy” ). Cognate with German schwer ( “heavy, difficult, severe” ), Old English swǣr ( “heavy, grave, grievous” ). More at swear, sweer .


    • ( RP ) IPA: /ˈsɪəriəs/
    • Rhymes: -ɪəriəs


    serious ( comparative more serious, superlative most serious )

    1. Without humor or expression of happiness; grave in manner or disposition; earnest; thoughtful; solemn .
      It was a surprise to see the captain, who had always seemed so serious, laugh so heartily .
    2. Important; weighty; not trifling; leaving no room for play; needing great attention; critical .
      This is a serious problem. We'll need our best experts .
    3. Really intending what is said; being in earnest; not jesting or deceiving; meaningful .
      After all these years, we're finally getting serious attention .


    • See also Wikisaurus:serious


    External links

    • serious in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • serious in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911


Explanation of serious by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm

    2. a serious wound
      a serious turn of events
    3. requiring effort or concentration

    4. raised serious objections to the proposal
      the plan has a serious flaw
    5. of great consequence

    6. marriage is a serious matter
    7. appealing to the mind

    8. a serious book
    9. concerned with work or important matters rather than play or trivialities

    10. a serious student of history
      a serious attempt to learn to ski
      gave me a serious look
      a serious young man
      are you serious or joking?
      Don't be so serious!
    11. completely lacking in playfulness

    Definition of serious by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Serious a. [L. serius: cf. F. sérieux, LL. seriosus.]
      1. Grave in manner or disposition; earnest; thoughtful; solemn; not light, gay, or volatile.

      He is always serious, yet there is about his manner a graceful ease. Macaulay.

      2. Really intending what is said; being in earnest; not jesting or deceiving. Beaconsfield.

      3. Important; weighty; not trifling; grave.

      The holy Scriptures bring to our ears the most serious things in the world. Young.

      4. Hence, giving rise to apprehension; attended with danger; as, “a serious injury”.

      Syn. -- Grave; solemn; earnest; sedate; important; weighty. See Grave.

      -- Seriously, adv. -- Seriousness, n.