- 1(Of a person) solemn or thoughtful in character or manner: her face grew seriousMore example sentences
- Her forceful personality and ease in the spotlight complemented the king's serious, thoughtful demeanour.
- These are serious, thoughtful people who are not in thrall to the restrictions of old ideologies.
- He looks solemn and serious, but I can remember how he and the other two big boys were holding in laughter.
- 1.1(Of a subject, state, or activity) demanding careful consideration or application: marriage is a serious matterMore example sentences
- I raise what I consider to be quite a serious matter for your consideration.
- I will give this matter serious consideration and report back as the member has requested.
- I raise for serious debate and consideration the issue that we have too many judges.
- 1.3(Of music, literature, or other art forms) requiring deep reflection and inviting a considered response: he bridges the gap between serious and popular musicMore example sentences
- Our culture forces serious music to function solely as entertainment or not at all.
- They are probably the only group around making any kind of serious music.
- Then a Saturday night show will take place at the Holy Cross Cathedral and will consist of more serious music.
- 2Acting or speaking sincerely and in earnest, rather than in a joking or halfhearted manner: suddenly he wasn’t teasing any more—he was deadly serious actors who are serious about their workMore example sentences
- These frank statements suggest that he is sincere and serious about exposing the problems and proposing solutions.
- If it was serious about a long-term commitment to Mitsubishi, then why isn't it willing to bail it out?
- Better to try to look half way serious about this now, rather than after the names break.
- 3Significant or worrying because of possible danger or risk; not slight or negligible: she escaped serious injury Haydn was Mozart’s only serious rivalMore example sentences
- To allow that to happen is to put the child itself at terrible risk of serious injury or death if there is an accident.
- It is better to speak of an unlawful and dangerous act carrying with it an appreciable risk of serious injury.
- People deserve better - not just those living there but the motorists who risk death or serious injury every day.
- 4 [attributive] • informal Substantial in terms of size, number, or quality: he suddenly had serious money to spend a serious chocolate cheesecakeMore example sentences
- So, I am making a shopping list and plan to be spending some serious money!
- No, Blair's Britain had a minimum wage, a New Deal for the unemployed and spent serious money on health and education.
- Yes, turkey hunters love to hunt and are willing to spend serious money in this growing market.
late Middle English: from Old French serieux or late Latin seriosus, from Latin serius 'earnest, serious'.