[sem-ee-seer-ee-uh s, sem-ahy-]


having some seriousness; partly serious.

Origin of semiserious

Related formssem·i·se·ri·ous·ly, adverbsem·i·se·ri·ous·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • The semi-serious conclusion might have been uttered by himself, and he approved the tone without recognising the model.


    Leonard Merrick

  • This is a sort of half-way house between Cleveland's burlesques and his serious or semi-serious poems like Fuscara.

  • She and the General had been girl and boy together, and as they came to eighteen and nineteen had been semi-serious sweethearts.

  • All their talks together—now grave, now semi-serious, now wholly gay—she delighted to dwell upon.


    Bertram Mitford

  • She seemed to treat even her own grievances in this semi-serious way—one of them certainly, if her husband were one.

    Double Harness

    Anthony Hope