Definify.com

Webster 1913 Edition


Serious

Se′ri-ous

,
Adj.
[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
.
Se′ri-ous-ly
,
adv.
Se′ri-ous-ness
,
Noun.

Webster 1828 Edition


Serious

SE'RIOUS

,
Adj.
[L. serius.]
1. Grave in manner or disposition; solemn; not light, gay or volatile; as a serious man; a serious habit or disposition.
2. Really intending what is said; being in earnest; not jesting or making false pretense. Are you serious, or in jest?
3. Important; weighty; not trijling.
The holy Sciptures bring to your ears the most serious things in the world. Young.

Definition 2022


serious

serious

English

Adjective

serious (comparative seriouser or more serious, superlative seriousest or 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.

Synonyms

  • See also Wikisaurus:serious

Antonyms

Derived terms

Translations

External links

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

Statistics

Most common English words before 1923: access · ways · grave · #952: serious · possession · move · foreign