- ( RP ) IPA: /ˈsɪəriəs/
- Rhymes: -ɪəriəs
- Without humor or expression of happiness; grave in manner or disposition; earnest; thoughtful; solemn .
- Important; weighty; not trifling; leaving no room for play; needing great attention; critical .
- Really intending what is said; being in earnest; not jesting or deceiving; meaningful .
- See also Wikisaurus:serious
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 .
Explanation of serious by Wordnet Dictionary
- a serious book
- 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!
- 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.
Definition of serious by GCIDE Dictionary