What does earnest mean?

Definitions for earnest
ˈɜr nɪstearnest

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word earnest.

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)

    earnest

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

  4. businesslike, earnest(adj)

    not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal

Wiktionary

  1. Earnest(ProperNoun)

    A male given name from the Germanic languages, of occasional usage, variant of Ernest.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Earnest(noun)

    seriousness; reality; fixed determination; eagerness; intentness

    Etymology: [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.]

  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

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Earnest(adj)

    intent; fixed closely; as, earnest attention

    Etymology: [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.]

  4. Earnest(adj)

    serious; important

    Etymology: [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.]

  5. Earnest(verb)

    to use in earnest

    Etymology: [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.]

  6. Earnest(noun)

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  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

    Etymology: [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.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Earnest

    ėr′nest, adj. showing strong desire: determined: eager to obtain: intent: sincere: serious.—n. seriousness: reality.—adv. Ear′nestly.—n. Ear′nestness. [A.S. eornost, seriousness; Ger. ernst.]

  2. Earnest

    ėr′nest, n. money given in token of a bargain made—also Ear′nest-mon′ey, Ear′nest-penn′y: a pledge: first-fruits. [Ety. obscure; possibly conn. with arles.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. earnest

    A sum paid in advance to secure a seaman's service.

Anagrams for earnest »

  1. estrane

  2. eastern

  3. nearest

  4. sterane

How to pronounce earnest?

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How to say earnest in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of earnest in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of earnest in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of earnest in a Sentence

  1. Charles Dickens:

    Whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do it well whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself completely in great aims and in small I have always thoroughly been in earnest.

  2. Frederick Douglas:

    The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. . . .If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.

  3. President Obama:

    For President Obama part, Earnest praised the jounalists in the room, saying they serve a role that is a uniquely American feature of our government.

  4. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

    'Tell me not, in mournful numbers, Life is but an empty dream! For the soul is dead that slumbers, and things are not what they seem. Life is real! Life is earnest! And the grave is not its goal; Dust thou art; to dust returnest, Was not spoken of the soul.'

  5. Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz:

    [Earnest] suggested that you should be invited to appear at the hearing as well, because you have some 'interesting insight' into the JCPOA [the Iran deal]. Therefore your appearance before the Committee would be contingent on Mr. Rhodes’ appearance at that hearing.

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