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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɝnɪstli/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɜːnɪstli/
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- In an earnest manner; being very sincere; putting forth genuine effort.
1900, L. Frank Baum, chapter 23, in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz:
- The Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman and the Lion now thanked the Good Witch earnestly for her kindness; and Dorothy exclaimed: