(noun, adjective, verb)


1. characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions

- both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate

Similar word(s): serious, sincere, solemn

2. sincere emotion

- one's dearest wish

- heartfelt condolences

Similar word(s): sincere, dear, devout, heartfelt

3. not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal

Similar word(s): purposeful, businesslike

Sentences with earnest as an adjective:

- an earnest disposition

- earnest efforts


1. something of value given by one person to another to bind a contract

Definition categories: possession, security, surety


1. (transitive) To be serious with; use in earnest.