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Definitions of earnest:

  1.   Ardent in the pursuit of an object; eager to obtain or do; zealous with sincerity; with hearty endeavor; heartfelt; fervent; hearty; - used in a good sense; as, earnest prayers.
  2.   To use in earnest.
  3.   Zealous; fervent.
  4.   Something given, or a part paid beforehand, as a pledge; pledge; handsel; a token of what is to come.
  5.   Earnestness.
  6.   characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions; " both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate"; " an entirely sincere and cruel tyrant"; " a film with a solemn social message"
  7.   Done with a will; with hearty endeavour to attain the end aimed at; eager to obtain; zealous; sincere; serious.
  8.   Earnestly.
  9.   Intent; fixed closely; as, earnest attention.
  10.   Money paid in advance to bind a bargain; an assurance of something to come.
  11.   Seriousness; reality; pledge.
  12.   Serious; important.
  13.   First- fruits; a pledge or assurance of something more to come; earnest- money.
  14.   Seriousness: reality.
  15.   Money given in token of a bargain made: a pledge: first- fruits: ( fig.) anything which gives assurance, pledge, promise, or indication of what is to follow.
  16.   Determined; eager; intent; sincere.
  17.   Money given in hand to assure a bargain; first- fruits; pledge; assurance; in Scot.
  18.   Serious in speech or action; zealous; eager; ardent; hearty.
  19.   Ardent in the pursuit of an object; eager; urgent; intent; serious; seriously real.
  20.   earnest; " one's dearest wish"; " devout wishes for their success"; " heartfelt condolences"
  21.   Showing strong desire: determined: eager to obtain: intent: sincere.
  22.   not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal
  23.   Seriousness; reality; fixed determination; eagerness; intentness.
  24.   something of value given by one person to another to bind a contract
  25.   A portion of something given or done in advance as a pledge.
  26.   Something of value given by the buyer to the seller, by way of token or pledge, to bind the bargain and prove the sale.

Antonyms for earnest:

derisory, loony, calm, Humoristic, puerile, unconcerned, cockeyed, senseless, harebrained, unctuous, cockamamy, jest, smart-ass, lighthearted, flip, witless, comical, apathetic, half-witted, heedless, sportive, daft, frothy, nonsensical, wiseass, jerky, kittenish, frisky, nutty, foolish, insincere, uproarious, lunatic, hilarious, elfish, featherbrained, light-headed, sidesplitting, negligent, dishonest, frivolous, farcical, brainless, blithe, adulatory, kooky, laughable, birdbrained, happy-go-lucky, stolid, futile, giddy, droll, Daffy, soapy, jesting, comedic, fulsome, smart-assed, sport, oleaginous, chucklesome, gushy, scatterbrained, Sportful, screwball, flighty, phlegmatic, untruthful, oily, Fay, clever, screaming, zany, facetious, smart-alecky, comic, joking, debonair, larky, insouciant, mad, gushing, dizzy, smart, yeasty, smart aleck, cute, silly, insane, stony, humorous, fatuous, cuckoo, rollicking, wise, preposterous, Weak-minded, lying, ridiculous, purposeless, light, playful, unwise, hagiographic, asinine, mendacious, crazy, cool, devil-may-care, absurd, cold, slaphappy, unmindful, pathetic, uninterested, frigid, frolicsome, flippant, regardless, unmoved, derisive, coltish, light-minded, balmy, risible, wacky, dispassionate, sappy, witty, indifferent, jocular, funny, antic, play, riotous, goofy, ditzy, smarty-pants, pert, ludicrous, dotty, carefree, careless, hysterical.

Quotes for earnest:

  1. We are always on stage, even when we are stabbed in earnest at the end. – Georg Buchner
  2. Travellers, like poets, are mostly an angry race: by falling into a daily fit of passion, I proved to the governor and his son, who were profuse in their attentions, that I was in earnest – Richard Francis Burton
  3. What is earnest is not always true; on the contrary, error is often more earnest than truth. – Benjamin Disraeli
  4. I will be as harsh as truth, and uncompromising as justice... I am in earnest I will not equivocate, I will not excuse, I will not retreat a single inch, and I will be heard. – William Lloyd Garrison
  5. I am interested in the notion that people can become so obsessed by their world that they lose sense and awareness of how they appear to other people. They're so earnest about it. But that's true of so many things. – Christopher Guest
  6. When he speaks to you he speaks with an earnest vibe and an earnest energy. – Dwayne Johnson
  7. There has not been a war in South America for fifty years, and I have every confidence that the countries of Central and South America are deeply in earnest in the maintenance of peace. – Frank B. Kellogg
  8. The dangers which threaten us are twofold: First, from the Confederate forces, composed of men whose earnest convictions and reckless bravery it is idle to deny. – Robert Dale Owen
  9. I have rarely seen the face of a mechanic in the action of creation which was not fine, never one which was not earnest and impressive. – Thomas Nelson Page
  10. In God's world, for those who are in earnest there is no failure. No work truly done, no word earnestly spoken, no sacrifice freely made, was ever made in vain. – Frederick William Robertson
  11. It is the earnest hope of our people that the world may see the day when all nuclear weapons are abolished. – Eisaku Sato
  12. About my career I was serious and earnest sometimes impatient. – Gene Tierney
  13. To say of a picture, as is often said in its praise, that it shows great and earnest labour, is to say that it is incomplete and unfit for view. – James Mcneill Whistler
  14. This man is frank and earnest with women. In Fresno, he's Frank and in Chicago he's Ernest. – Henny Youngman

Usage examples for earnest:

  1. “ Grizzie, I'm in earnest – Warlock o' Glenwarlock by George MacDonald
  2. “ " About half in earnest he said. ” – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  3. My words were spoken in earnest – Jeanne of the Marshes by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  4. “ I never saw one more in earnest or more anxious to learn. ” – What's Mine's Mine by George MacDonald
  5. You may laugh, Hugh, but I am in earnest – The Old Stone House by Anne March
  6. You know I am not in earnest – Whosoever Shall Offend by F. Marion Crawford
  7. The last words were said with such an accent of earnest determination, that Mr. Wharncliffe again had almost smiled at his scholar; but he did not. ” – Trading by Susan Warner
  8. When they all come upon you in earnest how are you to stand against them? ” – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
  9. How earnest thou to know my name? ” – Tales From the 'Phantasus', etc. of Ludwig Tieck by Ludwig Tieck
  10. But her tone was as earnest as his. ” – Out of the Primitive by Robert Ames Bennet
  11. Further conversation for the moment was interrupted, for the time had arrived to begin their work in earnest – The-Circus-Boys-on-the-Mississippi-or-Afloat-with-the-Big-Show-on-the-Big-River by Darlington, Edgar B. P.
  12. When he turned and came back to his friend, he said, " If he had ever been in earnest about her, I think he would have tried to see her at such a time, don't you?" ” – The Quality of Mercy by W. D. Howells
  13. He seems an earnest good sort of young man. ” – Not Like Other Girls by Rosa N. Carey
  14. “ Jane's face was earnest and grave. ” – The Major by Ralph Connor
  15. Art thou in earnest Morecraft? ” – The Scornful Lady by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher
  16. It was life and death earnest and she must go to London. ” – A Red Wallflower by Susan Warner
  17. Never was shallow man, for the moment, more in earnest – Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  18. Or did he fail to see that she was in earnest – The Way of an Eagle by Ethel M. Dell
  19. As I have said, Dr. Kemp, we are an earnest people. ” – Other Things Being Equal by Emma Wolf
  20. When questions were asked about his silence, Lucy, half in joke and half in earnest fired up and declared that everything had been as natural as possible. ” – The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Rhymes for earnest:

  • ernest, sternest;
  • internist;

Idioms for earnest:

  • in earnest