Detroiters, now erecting a Robocop statue as a half-joking, half-serious morale boost, may want to consider bronzing Mulally next.
Her resentment was only half-serious, but the note was there.
The half-whimsical, half-serious smile returned to his eyes.
"You're not listening, Miss Harkutt," said Rice with half-serious reproach.
Socrates in reply is led into a half-serious, half-comic vein of reflection.
Branwell did not lose his early interest in the 'noble science,' but continued it with a half-serious constancy.
He had a way, half-laughing, half-serious, of calling it his Bible.
Was this playful punning or a half-serious attempt to correct a misstatement?
He was half-serious, and I acknowledged that the affair was rather nerve wearing.
Granny Ann sat on the garden seat, looking gravely down at the half-laughing, half-serious girls huddled at her feet.
mid-15c., "expressing earnest purpose or thought" (of persons), from Middle French sérieux "grave, earnest" (14c.), from Late Latin seriosus, from Latin serius "weighty, important, grave," probably from a PIE root *swer- (4) "heavy" (cf. Lithuanian sveriu "to weigh, lift," svarus "heavy;" Old English swære "heavy," German schwer "heavy," Gothic swers "honored, esteemed," literally "weighty"). As opposite of jesting, from 1712; as opposite of light (of music, theater, etc.), from 1762. Meaning "attended with danger" is from 1800.
serious se·ri·ous (sēr'ē-əs)
Being of such import as to cause anxiety, as of a physical condition.