serious

[ seer-ee-uhs ]
/ ˈsɪər i əs /

adjective

noun

that which is of importance, grave, critical, or somber: You have to learn to separate the serious from the frivolous.

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Origin of serious

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin sērius or Late Latin sēriōsus; see -ous, -ose1

SYNONYMS FOR serious

3 See earnest1.
5 momentous, grave.

ANTONYMS FOR serious

3, 5 trivial.

OTHER WORDS FROM serious

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British Dictionary definitions for half-serious (1 of 2)

half-serious

adjective

not entirely serious

Derived forms of half-serious

halfseriously, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for half-serious (2 of 2)

serious
/ (ˈsɪərɪəs) /

adjective

Derived forms of serious

seriousness, noun

Word Origin for serious

C15: from Late Latin sēriōsus, from Latin sērius; probably related to Old English swǣr gloomy, Gothic swers esteemed
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Medical definitions for half-serious

serious
[ sîrē-əs ]

adj.

Being of such import as to cause anxiety, as of a physical condition.
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