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. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

    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.

  2. Jared Holt:

    His role in the pro-Trump political space, connecting politicians, influencers, and activists, means that his words matter a great deal, what Alexander says, whether in jest or in earnest, has the potential to ripple across far-right communities and offer permission for bad behavior.

  3. Zhai Qing:

    (Environmental inspectors) must confront the hard tasks in earnest and not be afraid of offending people... and never let violators off the hook without resolving the problem.

  4. Chris Remington:

    The massive redemptions that occurred in 2014 and in the opening of 2015 have largely abated, and short-term rates haven't started rising yet so increased retail buying hasn't begun in earnest.

  5. Mike Rogers:

    White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Friday at the daily press briefing. Mike Rogers, former chairman of the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, weighed in late Friday afternoon. We should not underestimate what this means to our national security, a leading general in Iran just told the world that the United States of America is irrelevant and Russia welcomed him with open arms. Not only do Russia and Iran not fear us, they do not respect us. And that, is dangerous. According to two separate Western intelligence sources, Qassem Soleimani arrived in Moscow on Iran Air flight 5130 from Tehran on July 24, ten days after the nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers was announced that included a provision to lift the arms embargo on Iran. Three days later, Secretary of State John Kerry testified about the Iran nuclear deal before the Senate Armed Services Committee, assuring Congress pressure would remain on Iran's shadowy general.

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