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Definitions of serious

  1. Seriously. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm; "a dangerous operation"; "a grave situation"; "a grave illness"; "grievous bodily harm"; "a serious wound"; "a serious turn of events"; "a severe case of pneumonia" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. requiring effort or concentration; complex and not easy to answer or solve; "raised serious objections to the proposal"; "the plan has a serious flaw" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. of great consequence; "marriage is a serious matter" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. appealing to the mind; "good music"; "a serious book" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. concerned with work or important matters rather than play or trivialities; "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!" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. Grave in manner or disposition; earnest; thoughtful; solemn; not light, gay, or volatile. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Really intending what is said; being in earnest; not jesting or deceiving. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Important; weighty; not trifling; grave. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Hence, giving rise to apprehension; attended with danger; as, a serious injury. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Grave in character or conduct; earnest; not trifling; thoughtful; solemn; important; weighty; disastrous. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. Solemn: in earnest: important: attended with danger. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. Grave; solemn; important; dangerous. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. Grave and earnest; thoughtful; sober; of great importance. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. Grave in manner or disposition; in earnest; of weight or importance; attended with danger; gravely attentive to religious concerns. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  16. Grave in manner or disposition; deeply impressed with the importance of religion; not light or gay; being in earnest; weighty; not trifling. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for serious

  1. His brother says it's nothing serious – A Venetian June by Anna Fuller
  2. Hanging's a serious matter. – The Birthright by Joseph Hocking