of a pretended serious look or act; also written [mock serious]
He wrote bantering, fantastic, mock-serious stories of the kind that were standardized by Mr. Dana's young men.
"I am dubious," and Jack shook his head in a mock-serious way.
His satire of the Spasmodic School is contained in Firmilian , a mock-serious piece purporting to be by a member of the school.
Yoricks love of lists, of mock-serious discrimination, of inconsequential reasonings is here copied.
"Say that I claim it as an honour, Miss Hester," he answered, with a mock-serious bow.