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From Middle English seriously, sereously, ceryously, seryowslech (earnestly), equivalent to serious +‎ -ly.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsɪəɹi.əsli/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈsɪɹi.əsli/, /ˈsiɹi.əsli/
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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. Gravely; deeply; very much.
    That was a seriously unpleasant thing to say.
  3. Used to attempt to introduce a serious point in a less serious conversation.
    Synonyms: no really, no kidding, real talk
    Now, seriously, why did you forget to feed the cat today?
  4. Used to call back to a previous point, in disbelief or for emphasis.
    Synonyms: no really, no kidding
    You baked ten (10) cakes. Seriously, why did you do that?
  5. (informal) In an extreme or major way; majorly
    Unless you're seriously strapped (armed), you're about to be not okay too.

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