What does earnest mean?

Definitions for earnest
ˈɜr nɪstearnest

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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.]

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?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say earnest in sign language?

  1. earnest


  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. Reinhold Niebuhr:

    All you earnest young men out to save the world please, have a laugh.

  2. Hubert Humphrey:

    Men in earnest have no time to waste In patching fig-leaves for the naked truth.

  3. Bion:

    Though boys throw stones at frogs in sport, the frogs do not die in sport, but in earnest.

  4. Henry Tuckerman:

    To impress others we must be earnest; to amuse them, it is only necessary to be kindly and fanciful.

  5. Author Unknown:

    We cannot be too earnest, too persistent, too determined, about living superior to the herd-instinct.

Images & Illustrations of earnest

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