serious

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English seryows, from Old French serieux, from Medieval Latin sēriōsus, an extension of Latin sērius (grave, earnest, serious), from Proto-Indo-European *swēr- (heavy). Cognate with German schwer (heavy, difficult, severe), Old English swǣr (heavy, grave, grievous). More at swear, sweer.

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serious (comparative more serious or seriouser, superlative most serious or seriousest)

  1. Without humor or expression of happiness; grave in manner or disposition
    It was a surprise to see the captain, who had always seemed so serious, laugh so heartily.
    Synonyms: earnest, solemn
  2. Important; weighty; not insignificant
    This is a serious problem. We'll need our best experts.
  3. Really intending what is said; in earnest; not jocular or deceiving
    After all these years, we're finally getting serious attention.

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Adverb[edit]

serious (not comparable)

  1. (colloquial, dialect) In a serious manner; seriously.
    • 1957, Ray Lawler, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Sydney: Fontana Books, published 1974, page 68:
      The only time I walk out on singin' is when there's muckin' about and youse don't take it serious.

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