[seer-ee-uh s-mahyn-did]


characterized by seriousness of intention, purpose, thought, etc.; earnest.

Origin of serious-minded

First recorded in 1835–45
Related formsse·ri·ous-mind·ed·ly, adverbse·ri·ous-mind·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • He saw his duty plainly; he was serious-minded; he had no sense of humour.

    Blazed Trail Stories

    Stewart Edward White

  • His attitude was comically that of a serious-minded European tourist.

  • A serious-minded maid served them with salad and thin bread-and-butter.


    Robert W. Chambers

  • He was a very steady, serious-minded person, and yet full of life and fun.

    Will Weatherhelm

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • It's the funniest strike that ever happened to a serious-minded sex.

    The Gay Rebellion

    Robert W. Chambers