earnest

[ˈɜːnəst], [ˈɜːnəst], [ˈɜː_n_ə_s_t]

Definitions of earnest:

  1.   Determined; eager; intent; sincere. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  2.   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. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3.   A portion of something given or done in advance as a pledge. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4.   Earnestness. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5.   Seriousness: reality. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6.   First- fruits; a pledge or assurance of something more to come; earnest- money. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7.   Seriousness; reality; pledge. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8.   Money given in hand to assure a bargain; first- fruits; pledge; assurance; in Scot. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9.   Ardent in the pursuit of an object; eager; urgent; intent; serious; seriously real. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10.   Done with a will; with hearty endeavour to attain the end aimed at; eager to obtain; zealous; sincere; serious. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11.   Serious in speech or action; zealous; eager; ardent; hearty. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12.   Showing strong desire: determined: eager to obtain: intent: sincere. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13.   Earnestly. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

Quotes for earnest:

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. When he speaks to you he speaks with an earnest vibe and an earnest energy. – Dwayne Johnson
  4. 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
  5. It is the earnest hope of our people that the world may see the day when all nuclear weapons are abolished. – Eisaku Sato

Usage examples for earnest:

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. How earnest thou to know my name? ” – Tales From the 'Phantasus', etc. of Ludwig Tieck by Ludwig Tieck
  4. You may laugh, Hugh, but I am in earnest – The Old Stone House by Anne March
  5. Never was shallow man, for the moment, more in earnest – Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  6. But her tone was as earnest as his. ” – Out of the Primitive by Robert Ames Bennet
  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. It was life and death earnest and she must go to London. ” – A Red Wallflower by Susan Warner
  9. “ Jane's face was earnest and grave. ” – The Major by Ralph Connor
  10. Or did he fail to see that she was in earnest – The Way of an Eagle by Ethel M. Dell

Rhymes for earnest:

  • ernest, sternest;
  • internist;

Idioms for earnest:

  • in earnest
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