[seer-ee-uh s-lee]


in a serious manner: He shook his head seriously.
to an alarmingly grave extent: seriously ill.
with genuine, earnest intent; sincerely: Seriously, kids, we have to get home before dark.

Origin of seriously

First recorded in 1500–10; serious + -ly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for seriously

Contemporary Examples of seriously

Historical Examples of seriously

  • Even in antiquity the wiseacres took our royal buffoon too seriously.

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus

    Wilton Wallace Blancke

  • Demarest was seriously disturbed by the situation that had developed.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • His lower orders are all food for comedy or farce: he will not treat them seriously.

  • He was seriously injured, but was stated in a London paper of August 21 to be out of danger.


    Edward J. Dent

  • He was seriously wounded, and fell into the hands of the enemy.


    Scian Dubh

British Dictionary definitions for seriously



in a serious manner or to a serious degree
informal extremely or remarkablyseriously tall
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Word Origin and History for seriously

c.1500, from serious + -ly (2). To take (something) seriously is from 1782.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper