earnest

  • 1 Earnest — Ear nest, n. [Prob. corrupted fr. F. arrhes, L. arra, arrha, arrhabo, Gr. arrabw n, of Semitic origin, cf. Heb. [=e]r[=a]v[=o]n; or perh. fr. W. ernes, akin to Gael. earlas, perh. fr. L. arra. Cf. {Arles}, {Earles penny}.] 1. Something given, or… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Earnest — Ear nest, a. 1. Ardent in the pursuit of an object; eager to obtain or do; zealous with sincerity; with hearty endeavor; heartfelt; fervent; hearty; used in a good sense; as, earnest prayers. [1913 Webster] An earnest advocate to plead for him.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 earnest — ear·nest / ər nəst/ n [Anglo French ernes(t) erles, alteration of Old French erres, plural of erre pledge, earnest, alteration of Latin arra, short for arrabo, from Greek arrhabōn, of Semitic origin]: something of value given by a buyer to a… …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 Earnest — Ear nest ([ e]r n[e^]st), n. [AS. eornost, eornest; akin to OHG. ernust, G. ernst; cf. Icel. orrosta battle, perh. akin to Gr. orny nai to excite, L. oriri to rise.] Seriousness; reality; fixed determination; eagerness; intentness. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 earnest — earnest1 [ʉr′nist] adj. [ME ernest < OE eornoste < eornost, earnestness, zeal, akin to Ger ernst, seriousness (OHG ernust) < IE base * er , to set oneself in motion, arouse > RUN] 1. serious and intense; not joking or playful; zealous …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 Earnest — Ear nest, v. t. To use in earnest. [R.] [1913 Webster] To earnest them [our arms] with men. Pastor Fido (1602). [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 earnest — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ intensely serious. ● in earnest Cf. ↑in earnest DERIVATIVES earnestly adverb earnestness noun. ORIGIN Old English …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 earnest — from O.E. eornoste (adj.) zealous, or from O.E. noun eornost seriousness, serious intent (surviving only in the phrase in earnest), from P.Gmc. *ern vigor, briskness (Cf. O.S. ernust, O.H.G. arnust seriousness, firmness, struggle, Ger. Ernst… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 earnest — adj *serious, solemn, grave, somber, sober, sedate, staid Analogous words: zealous, enthusiastic, passionate (see corresponding nouns at PASSION): diligent, *busy, industrious, assiduous, sedulous: *sincere, wholehearted, whole souled Antonyms:… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 10 earnest — [adj1] very enthusiastic ardent, busy, devoted, diligent, eager, fervent, fervid, heartfelt, impassioned, industrious, keen, passionate, perseverant, purposeful, sedulous, sincere, urgent, vehement, warm, wholehearted, zealous; concepts… …

    New thesaurus

  • 11 earnest — ear|nest1 [ˈə:nıst US ˈə:r ] adj [: Old English; Origin: eornost] very serious and sincere ▪ a rather earnest young man ▪ Matthews was in earnest conversation with a young girl. ▪ an earnest desire to offer something useful to society earnest… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 earnest — 01. He is very [earnest] in everything he does, and takes himself very seriously. 02. He s a lazy guy who will only work in [earnest] when he knows someone is watching him. 03. She has a very [earnest] desire to help poor people in our city. 04.… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 13 earnest — [[t]ɜ͟ː(r)nɪst[/t]] 1) PHRASE: PHR after v If something is done or happens in earnest, it happens to a much greater extent and more seriously than before. Campaigning will begin in earnest tomorrow... The two countries can finally start… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 earnest — earnest1 earnestly, adv. earnestness, n. /err nist/, adj. 1. serious in intention, purpose, or effort; sincerely zealous: an earnest worker. 2. showing depth and sincerity of feeling: earnest words; an earnest entreaty. 3. seriously important;… …

    Universalium

  • 15 earnest — 1 adjective 1 very serious and believing that what you say is very important: such an earnest young man 2 in earnest if something starts happening in earnest, it begins properly or as it was planned to happen: On Monday your training begins in… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 earnest — ear|nest1 [ ɜrnıst ] adjective serious, determined, and meaning what you say: an earnest young man earnest discussions ╾ ear|nest|ly adverb ╾ ear|nest|ness noun uncount earnest ear|nest 2 [ ɜrnıst ] noun in earnest 1. ) more seriously or with… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 earnest — I ear•nest [[t]ˈɜr nɪst[/t]] adj. 1) serious in intention, purpose, or effort; sincerely zealous 2) showing depth and sincerity of feeling: an earnest entreaty[/ex] 3) seriously important; grave 4) full seriousness, as of intention or purpose: to …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18 earnest — I. /ˈɜnəst / (say ernuhst) adjective 1. serious in intention, purpose, or effort; sincerely zealous: an earnest worker. 2. showing depth and sincerity of feeling: earnest words. 3. having serious importance, or demanding serious attention: an… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 19 earnest — I. noun Etymology: Middle English ernest, from Old English eornost; akin to Old High German ernust earnest Date: before 12th century 1. a serious and intent mental state < a proposal made in earnest > 2. a considerable or impressive degree or… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20 earnest — I adj. earnest about II n. in earnest about * * * [ ɜːnɪst] in earnest about earnest about …

    Combinatory dictionary

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