1. Grave in manner or disposition; earnest; thoughtful; solemn; not light, gay, or volatile.
He is always serious, yet there is about his manner a graceful ease. --Macaulay.
2. Really intending what is said; being in earnest; not jesting or deceiving.
3. Important; weighty; not trifling; grave.
The holy Scriptures bring to our ears the most serious things in the world. --Young.
4. Hence, giving rise to apprehension; attended with danger; as, a serious injury.
Syn: -- Grave; solemn; earnest; sedate; important; weighty. See Grave.
-- Se*ri*ous*ly, adv. -- Se*ri*ous*ness, n.
adv 1: in a serious manner; "talking earnestly with his son"; "she
started studying snakes in earnest"; "a play dealing
seriously with the question of divorce" [syn: earnestly,
2: to a severe or serious degree; "fingers so badly frozen they
had to be amputated"; "badly injured"; "a severely
impaired heart"; "is gravely ill"; "was seriously ill"
[syn: badly, severely, gravely]