- The definition of earnest is intense and not playful, or important.
- An example of someone earnest is a preacher speaking to a congregation of devout followers.
- A lesson on how to correctly perform CPR is an example of something earnest.
- Earnest is defined as the state of being serious or intense.
- A contract is an agreement that is an example of something made in earnest.
- An artist who works constantly and makes many pieces of art each day is an example of working in earnest.
- serious and intense; not joking or playful; zealous and sincere
- not petty or trivial; important
Origin of earnestMiddle English ernest ; from Old English eornoste ; from eornost, earnestness, zeal, akin to German ernst, seriousness (OHG ernust) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form er-, to set oneself in motion, arouse from source run
- serious; not joking
- in a serious or determined manner
- money given as a part payment and pledge in binding a bargainin full earnest money
- something given or done as an indication or assurance of what is to come; token
Origin of earnestaltered (after earnest) ; from Middle English ernes ; from Old French erres ; from Classical Latin arrae, plural of arra, arrabo, earnest money ; from Classical Greek arrabōn ; from Classical Hebrew (language) eravon ; from arav, to guarantee, pledge
Origin of earnestMiddle English ernest, from Old English eornoste; see er-1 in Indo-European roots.
- Earnest money.
- A token of something to come; a promise or assurance.
Origin of earnestMiddle English ernest, variant of ernes, alteration of Old French erres, pl. of erre, pledge, from Latin arra, alteration of arrabō, from Greek arrabōn, earnest-money, of Canaanite origin; see &ayin;rb in Semitic roots.
(third-person singular simple present earnests, present participle earnesting, simple past and past participle earnested)
From Middle English ernest, eornest, from Old English eornest, eornost, eornust (“earnestness, zeal, seriousness, battle”), from Proto-Germanic *ernustuz (“earnest, strength, solidity, struggle, fight”), a derivative of Proto-Germanic *arniz (“efficient, capable, diligent, sure”), from Proto-Indo-European *er- (“to cause to move, arouse, increase”). Cognate with West Frisian earnst (“earnest, seriousness”), Dutch ernst (“seriousness, gravity, earnest”), German Ernst (“seriousness, earnestness, zeal, vigour”), Icelandic ern (“brisk, vigorous”), Gothic [script?] (arniba, “secure, certain, sure”).
(comparative earnester or more earnest, superlative earnestest or most earnest)
- Serious in speech or action; eager; urgent; importunate; pressing; instant.
- Ardent in the pursuit of an object; eager to obtain or do; zealous with sincerity; with hearty endeavour; heartfelt; fervent; hearty; — used in a good sense; as, earnest prayers.
- Intent; fixed closely; as, earnest attention.
- Possessing or characterised by seriousness; strongly bent; intent.
- an earnest disposition
- Strenuous; diligent.
- earnest efforts
- Serious; weighty; of a serious, weighty, or important nature; not trifling or feigned; important.
From Middle English eornest, from Old English eornoste (“earnest, zealous, serious”), from eornost ("earnest", the noun; see above). Cognate with North Frisian ernste (“earnest”), Middle Low German ernest, ernst (“serious, earnest”), German ernst (“serious, earnest”).
Of uncertain origin; apparently related to erres. Compare also arles.