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. earnestadjective

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

  2. earnest, sincere, solemnadjective

    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, heartfeltadjective

    earnest

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

  4. businesslike, earnestadjective

    not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal

Wiktionary

  1. Earnestnoun

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Earnestnoun

    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. Earnestadjective

    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. Earnestadjective

    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. Earnestadjective

    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. Earnestverb

    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. Earnestnoun

    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. Earnestnoun

    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

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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. Lloyd Garrison:

    On this subject I do not which to think, or speak, or write, with moderation. No No Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present. I am in earnest I will not equivocate I will not retreat a single inch and I will be heard.

  2. Alexander Grushko:

    I don't expect any breakthrough from this meeting, but we hope for an earnest discussion, including about the root causes of the crisis - not only in Russia-NATO relations, but ... also about the ones that led to the worsening of regional and European security.

  3. Frederick William Robertson:

    This world is given as the prize for the men in earnest and that which is true of this world, is truer still of the world to come.

  4. Robin Junger:

    The law is absolutely clear on this, the Supreme Court of Canada has said so many times: Consultation is important, it has to be done in earnest and meaningfully, but it doesn't provide a veto.

  5. Henry David Thoreau:

    I have lived some thirty-odd years on this planet, and I have yet to hear the first syllable of valuable or even earnest advice from my seniors.

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    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
    • A. naiant
    • B. irascible
    • C. pecuniary
    • D. askant

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