Definitions of earnest

  1. not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal
  2. earnest; " one's dearest wish"; " devout wishes for their success"; " heartfelt condolences"
  3. something of value given by one person to another to bind a contract
  4. 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"
  5. Seriousness; reality; fixed determination; eagerness; intentness.
  6. Intent; fixed closely; as, earnest attention.
  7. Serious; important.
  8. To use in earnest.
  9. Something given, or a part paid beforehand, as a pledge; pledge; handsel; a token of what is to come.
  10. Something of value given by the buyer to the seller, by way of token or pledge, to bind the bargain and prove the sale.
  11. 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.
  12. Serious in speech or action; zealous; eager; ardent; hearty.
  13. A portion of something given or done in advance as a pledge.
  14. Earnestness.
  15. Showing strong desire: determined: eager to obtain: intent: sincere.
  16. Seriousness: reality.
  17. 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.
  18. Determined; eager; intent; sincere.
  19. Seriousness; reality; pledge.
  20. Zealous; fervent.
  21. Money paid in advance to bind a bargain; an assurance of something to come.
  22. Ardent in the pursuit of an object; eager; urgent; intent; serious; seriously real.
  23. First- fruits; a pledge or assurance of something more to come; earnest- money.
  24. Done with a will; with hearty endeavour to attain the end aimed at; eager to obtain; zealous; sincere; serious.
  25. Money given in hand to assure a bargain; first- fruits; pledge; assurance; in Scot.

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. I never saw one more in earnest, or more anxious to learn. – What's Mine's Mine by George MacDonald
  3. Or did he fail to see that she was in earnest? – The Way of an Eagle by Ethel M. Dell
  4. Never was shallow man, for the moment, more in earnest. – Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  5. You may laugh, Hugh, but I am in earnest. – The Old Stone House by Anne March
  6. When they all come upon you in earnest how are you to stand against them? – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
  7. Art thou in earnest Morecraft? – The Scornful Lady by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher
  8. But her tone was as earnest as his. – Out of the Primitive by Robert Ames Bennet
  9. Grizzie, I'm in earnest. – Warlock o' Glenwarlock by George MacDonald
  10. You know I am not in earnest!" – Whosoever Shall Offend by F. Marion Crawford
  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. He seems an earnest, good sort of young man. – Not Like Other Girls by Rosa N. Carey
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Jane's face was earnest and grave. – The Major by Ralph Connor
  16. It was life and death earnest, and she must go to London. – A Red Wallflower by Susan Warner
  17. As I have said, Dr. Kemp, we are an earnest people. – Other Things Being Equal by Emma Wolf
  18. My words were spoken in earnest. – Jeanne of the Marshes by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  19. How earnest thou to know my name? – Tales From the 'Phantasus', etc. of Ludwig Tieck by Ludwig Tieck
  20. " 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)