Definitions for earnestˈɜr nɪst

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. earnest(adj)

    something of value given by one person to another to bind a contract

  2. earnest, sincere, solemn(adj)

    characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions

    "both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate"; "an entirely sincere and cruel tyrant"; "a film with a solemn social message"

  3. dear, devout, earnest, heartfelt(adj)


    "one's dearest wish"; "devout wishes for their success"; "heartfelt condolences"

  4. businesslike, earnest(adj)

    not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal


  1. Earnest(ProperNoun)

    , an occasional spelling variant of Ernest.

  2. Origin: Of uncertain origin; apparently related to erres. Compare also arles.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Earnest(noun)

    seriousness; reality; fixed determination; eagerness; intentness

  2. Earnest(adj)

    ardent in the pursuit of an object; eager to obtain or do; zealous with sincerity; with hearty endeavor; heartfelt; fervent; hearty; -- used in a good sense; as, earnest prayers

  3. Earnest(adj)

    intent; fixed closely; as, earnest attention

  4. Earnest(adj)

    serious; important

  5. Earnest(verb)

    to use in earnest

  6. Earnest(noun)

    something given, or a part paid beforehand, as a pledge; pledge; handsel; a token of what is to come

  7. Earnest(noun)

    something of value given by the buyer to the seller, by way of token or pledge, to bind the bargain and prove the sale

  8. Origin: [AS. eornost, eornest; akin to OHG. ernust, G. ernst; cf. Icel. orrosta battle, perh. akin to Gr. 'orny`nai to excite, L. oriri to rise.]

Anagrams for earnest »

  1. estrane

  2. eastern

  3. nearest

  4. sterane

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