Definitions of serious

  1. causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm; " a dangerous operation"; " a grave situation"; " a grave illness"; " grievous bodily harm"; " a serious wound"; " a serious turn of events"; " a severe case of pneumonia"
  2. requiring effort or concentration; complex and not easy to answer or solve; " raised serious objections to the proposal"; " the plan has a serious flaw"
  3. of great consequence; " marriage is a serious matter"
  4. appealing to the mind; " good music"; " a serious book"
  5. concerned with work or important matters rather than play or trivialities; " a serious student of history"; " a serious attempt to learn to ski"; " gave me a serious look"; " a serious young man"; " are you serious or joking?"; " Don't be so serious!"
  6. Grave in manner or disposition; earnest; thoughtful; solemn; not light, gay, or volatile.
  7. Really intending what is said; being in earnest; not jesting or deceiving.
  8. Important; weighty; not trifling; grave.
  9. Hence, giving rise to apprehension; attended with danger; as, a serious injury.
  10. Grave in character or conduct; earnest; not trifling; thoughtful; solemn; important; weighty; disastrous.
  11. Seriously.
  12. Solemn: in earnest: important: attended with danger.
  13. Grave; solemn; important; dangerous.
  14. Grave and earnest; thoughtful; sober; of great importance.
  15. Grave in manner or disposition; in earnest; of weight or importance; attended with danger; gravely attentive to religious concerns.
  16. Grave in manner or disposition; deeply impressed with the importance of religion; not light or gay; being in earnest; weighty; not trifling.

Usage examples for serious

  1. His brother says it's nothing serious. – A Venetian June by Anna Fuller
  2. Hanging's a serious matter. – The Birthright by Joseph Hocking
  3. " Yea but," say the serious people, " they are not of Christ's life." – A Book of Quaker Saints by Lucy Violet Hodgkin
  4. Not a word had passed between them, as yet, on the serious subject of Anne Silvester's letter. – Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
  5. I knew not it was so serious. – Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker by S. Weir Mitchell
  6. Well, I will be serious- serious enough. – Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope
  7. It isn't anything serious?" – Virginia by Ellen Glasgow
  8. And Rose Bunker felt that she was in very serious trouble now. – Six Little Bunkers at Cowboy Jack's by Laura Lee Hope
  9. They should have heard what Mr. Clancy had to say about it, he laughed, and then growing serious said, It is kind of you, Miss Tabor. – Jimmy Kirkland and the Plot for a Pennant by Hugh S. Fullerton
  10. And presently he said abruptly- " But I am afraid I have much more serious matter to lay before you than this business of the letters." – The Case of Richard Meynell by Mrs. Humphrey Ward
  11. " This is serious," said Tom Temple. – Weapons of Mystery by Joseph Hocking
  12. I am serious; very serious. – The Pines of Lory by John Ames Mitchell
  13. My love for you is very serious, Patty. – Patty's Suitors by Carolyn Wells
  14. Will you never become serious? – When Dreams Come True by Ritter Brown
  15. It is a serious matter, general. – Mohun, or, The Last Days of Lee by John Esten Cooke
  16. You know it is not as though my case was very serious. – A Little Girl in Old Quebec by Amanda Millie Douglas
  17. I shall be as serious as you please. – A Country Gentleman and his Family by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
  18. " It is such a serious thing! – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope