• (British) IPA: /ˈsɪəɹi.əsli/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈsɪɹi.əsli/, /ˈsiɹi.əsli/


  1. (manner) In a serious or literal manner.
    He was hoping that we would take him seriously.
    ''Jimmy jokingly called Bob a doofus. Bob took the insult seriously.
  2. Gravely; deeply; very much.
    That was a seriously unpleasant thing to say.
  3. (speech act) Used to attempt to introduce a serious point in a less serious conversation
    Now, seriously, why did you forget to feed the cat today?
  4. (speech act) Used to call back to a previous point, either in disbelief or emphasis
    You baked 10 cakes. Seriously, why did you do that?
Translations Translations
  • French: sérieux
  • Portuguese: a sério
  • Spanish: en serio

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