(adj.) from Old English: "rise to the attack", "readiness for battle" (mindset for same). Earlier associated with the will - "resolve", "eagerness", in less militarised times tending to "dignity", "solemnity", seriousness. Need not exclude humour.
John's earnest wish was to enable access to pure water for all.
by Alarick September 03, 2006
Can you define these popular missing words?
The dent made in your pillow before putting your head down that fits your ear perfectly, thus preventing the dreaded, extremely painful "morning bent ear".
My girlfriend spent fifteen minutes making her ear nest before putting her head down to go to sleep!
by Augusten Brown March 01, 2016