how to pronounce serious


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the above transcription of serious is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

serious is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of serious in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… like no no I'm serious you can catch the …”

meanings of serious


  1. Really intending what is said (or planned, etc); in earnest; not jocular or deceiving.
  2. Committed.
  3. Without humor or expression of happiness; grave in manner or disposition.
  4. Important; weighty; not insignificant.


  1. In a serious manner; seriously.

serious frequency in english - A2 level of CEFR

the word serious occurs in english on average 93.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics serious can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that serious can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

words that rhyme with serious


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