[seer-ee-uh s] /ˈsɪər i əs/
of, showing, or characterized by deep thought.
of grave or somber disposition, character, or manner:
a serious occasion; a serious man.
being in earnest; sincere; not trifling:
His interest was serious.
requiring thought, concentration, or application:
serious reading; a serious task.
weighty or important:
a serious book; Marriage is a serious matter.
giving cause for apprehension; critical:
The plan has one serious flaw.
Medicine/Medical. (of a patient’s condition) having unstable or otherwise abnormal vital signs and other unfavorable indicators, as loss of appetite and poor mobility: patient is acutely ill.
that which is of importance, grave, critical, or somber:
You have to learn to separate the serious from the frivolous.
not entirely serious
grave in nature or disposition; thoughtful: a serious person
marked by deep feeling; in earnest; sincere: is he serious or joking?
concerned with important matters: a serious conversation
requiring effort or concentration: a serious book
giving rise to fear or anxiety; critical: a serious illness
(informal) worthy of regard because of substantial quantity or quality: serious money, serious wine
(informal) extreme or remarkable: a serious haircut
mid-15c., “expressing earnest purpose or thought” (of persons), from Middle French sérieux “grave, earnest” (14c.), from Late Latin seriosus, from Latin serius “weighty, important, grave,” probably from a PIE root *swer- (4) “heavy” (cf. Lithuanian sveriu “to weigh, lift,” svarus “heavy;” Old English swære “heavy,” German schwer “heavy,” Gothic swers “honored, esteemed,” literally “weighty”). As opposite of jesting, from 1712; as opposite of light (of music, theater, etc.), from 1762. Meaning “attended with danger” is from 1800.
serious se·ri·ous (sēr’ē-əs)
Being of such import as to cause anxiety, as of a physical condition.
[haf-shair, hahf-] /ˈhæfˈʃɛər, ˈhɑf-/ noun 1. a share, as in profits, equal to one half. 2. a claim to half the income from a share of stock.
noun 1. either of the halves of a double-shelled creature, as of an oyster, clam, or other bivalve mollusk.
adjective Drunk; half-drunk: when they were half shot with beer (1837+)
[haf-seez, hahf-, hav-zeez, hahv-] /ˈhæf siz, ˈhɑf-, ˈhæv ziz, ˈhɑv-/ plural noun, Informal. 1. .