seriously

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

serious +‎ -ly

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈsɪɹiəsli/, /ˈsiɹiəsli/
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Adverb[edit]

seriously (comparative more seriously, superlative most seriously)

  1. (manner) In a serious or literal manner.
    He was hoping that we would take him seriously.
    Jimmy jokingly called Bob a doofus. Bob took the insult seriously.
  2. (speech act) Used to attempt to introduce a serious point in a less serious conversation
    Now, seriously, why did you forget to feed the cat today?
  3. (speech act) Used to call back to a previous point, either in disbelief or emphasis
    You baked 10 cakes. Seriously, why did you do that?

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