What does serious mean?

Definitions for serious
ˈsɪər i əsse·ri·ous

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

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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How to say serious in sign language?

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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. Raul Benitez:

    The serious thing about this attack was that it was very well planned and orchestrated, with a military-style strategy, this was planned. A lot of gunmen were involved. They blocked the highway to surround them (police) and attack with military superiority.

  2. Clare Nullis:

    We do expect it will weaken before it makes landfall. It will probably be more on the lines of Category 1. But even so there will be very high gale force winds in an area that is just not used to seeing this, the winds are a threat but we expect the biggest impact will be from the very, very, very serious rainfall. I’ve seen some reports that the area might get the equivalent of more than a year's worth of rainfall in a couple of days.

  3. Ryan Pack:

    If you want serious results, you have to put in sincere effort, and sometimes that won't even be enough.

  4. Ben Breit:

    We strongly condemn the reported behavior, which represents both a clear violation of Airbnb's community policies and a particularly serious abuse during this public health crisis.

  5. Yang Guang:

    Hong Kong radical demonstrators have repeatedly attacked police officers with extremely dangerous tools, hong Kong radical demonstrators have already constituted serious violent crimes and have begun to show signs of terrorism. This is a gross violation of the rule of law and social order in Hong Kong, which is endangering the lives and safety for Hong Kong citizens.

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