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.
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈsɪɹi.əs/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈsɪəɹi.əs/
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- Rhymes: -ɪəɹiəs
- Homophone: Sirius
- Without humor or expression of happiness; grave in manner or disposition; earnest; solemn.
- It was a surprise to see the captain, who had always seemed so serious, laugh so heartily.
- Important; weighty; not insignificant
- This is a serious problem. We'll need our best experts.
- Really intending what is said; in earnest; not jocular or deceiving
- After all these years, we're finally getting serious attention.
- See also Wikisaurus:serious
- srs (abbreviation)
- dead serious
- serious in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- serious in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911