- a male given name: from an Old English word meaning “vigor, intent.”
Examples from the Web for ernest
In the edited conversation below, Earley, 53, talks of Ernest Hemingway, technical challenges, and stumbling toward the light.Tony Earley's Imaginary Friends
September 2, 2014
Year after year they have to endure the torment of being required to live up to the role that Ernest Hemingway gave them.Is This Hemingway’s Pamplona or a Lot of Bull?
July 13, 2014
At first glance, the late Sir Ernest Gowers looks—to put it bluntly—like a bit of a W——-.
So far, so dull—except there was a lot more to Sir Ernest Gowers than that.
After all, Ernest Hemingway was one of the greatest American authors of the 20th century.Langley Fox: A Hemingway in All But Name
January 28, 2014
Yet we don't wish Ernest or Antoun Effendi to run into danger, do we, dear?
It's only this: Did Ernest Borrow tell you anything else about me?
What can be the reasons of the Sieur Ernest's excessive amiability?Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
Ernest did this in the novel because Butler had done it in real life.Samuel Butler: A Sketch
Henry Festing Jones
I can't put Ernest and Letty in the blue room, there's only the single bed.Joy (First Series Plays)
Word Origin and History for ernest
masc. proper name, from French Ernest, of German origin (cf. Old High German Ernust, German Ernst), literally "earnestness" (see earnest). Among the top 50 names for boys born in U.S. from 1880 through 1933.