What does serious mean?

Definitions for serious
ˈsɪər i əsse·ri·ous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. serious(adj)

    concerned with work or important matters rather than play or trivialities

    "a serious student of history"; "a serious attempt to learn to ski"; "gave me a serious look"; "a serious young man"; "are you serious or joking?"; "Don't be so serious!"

  2. serious(adj)

    of great consequence

    "marriage is a serious matter"

  3. dangerous, grave, grievous, serious, severe, life-threatening(adj)

    causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm

    "a dangerous operation"; "a grave situation"; "a grave illness"; "grievous bodily harm"; "a serious wound"; "a serious turn of events"; "a severe case of pneumonia"; "a life-threatening disease"

  4. good, serious(adj)

    appealing to the mind

    "good music"; "a serious book"

  5. unplayful, serious, sober(adj)

    completely lacking in playfulness

  6. serious(adj)

    requiring effort or concentration; complex and not easy to answer or solve

    "raised serious objections to the proposal"; "the plan has a serious flaw"

Wiktionary

  1. serious(Adjective)

    Without humor or expression of happiness; grave in manner or disposition; earnest; thoughtful; solemn.

    It was a surprise to see the captain, who had always seemed so serious, laugh so heartily.

    Etymology: From seryows, from serieux, from seriosus, an extension of serius, from swēr-. Cognate with schwer, swær. More at swear, sweer.

  2. serious(Adjective)

    Important; weighty; not trifling; leaving no room for play; needing great attention; critical.

    This is a serious problem. We'll need our best experts.

    Etymology: From seryows, from serieux, from seriosus, an extension of serius, from swēr-. Cognate with schwer, swær. More at swear, sweer.

  3. serious(Adjective)

    Really intending what is said; being in earnest; not jesting or deceiving; meaningful.

    After all these years, we're finally getting serious attention.

    Etymology: From seryows, from serieux, from seriosus, an extension of serius, from swēr-. Cognate with schwer, swær. More at swear, sweer.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Serious(adj)

    grave in manner or disposition; earnest; thoughtful; solemn; not light, gay, or volatile

  2. Serious(adj)

    really intending what is said; being in earnest; not jesting or deceiving

  3. Serious(adj)

    important; weighty; not trifling; grave

  4. Serious(adj)

    hence, giving rise to apprehension; attended with danger; as, a serious injury

Freebase

  1. Serious

    "Serious" is the 22nd single by the English rock band Duran Duran. It was released 1 October 1990 as the second single from the Liberty album.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Serious

    sē′ri-us, adj. solemn: in earnest: important: attended with danger: weighty: professedly religious.—adjs. Sē′rio-com′ic, -al, partly serious and partly comical.—adv. Sē′riously, gravely, deeply: without levity.—n. Sē′riousness. [Fr. serieux—L. serius, akin to severus, severe.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'serious' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #793

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'serious' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1139

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'serious' in Adjectives Frequency: #92

How to pronounce serious?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of serious in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of serious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of serious in a Sentence

  1. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet:

    Things have happened this year that have caused a serious reduction in confidence, things have come to light that don't make any Chilean proud.

  2. Judy Chu:

    So it's a very serious situation, especially in a time of heightened emotion.

  3. Timothy Affleck:

    I was a chronic, severe alcoholic for several years, i had to recover and, happily, I did. Ben has always been serious about getting sober. There is no question about that. He wants a balanced life and he is working at it.

  4. Jack Moline:

    President Trump was elected on the promise of a' complete and utter shutdown' of Muslim immigration to President Donald Trump. Since then, his administration has worked tirelessly to redefine' religious freedom' as a license to discriminate, if The President is serious about promoting true religious freedom worldwide, The President should start with The President own policies.

  5. Heather Boushey:

    I think that she is going to be laying out an agenda that looks at what inequality means for families up and down the income distribution, what we can do to fix it, and it's really exciting to see a politician take up a very serious set of research ideas and bring them into the public debate.

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