"You got three folks standin' by you, kid," continued Andy, earnestly.
"You know I don't wish you to be degraded," Nan broke in, earnestly.
I was away when this was done, and I wish to assure you most earnestly that I had nothing to do with it.
And she earnestly implored me to get her into some nunnery, where she might be safe.
Henry talked to him earnestly, but the Major shook his head.
"I'm afraid this book would be hard to equal," he said earnestly.
He must work as earnestly as the man destitute of his faculties.
Wahena looked long and earnestly at Fanny, when he had finished his breakfast.
Doctor Beatty was talking to her earnestly, in low tones, and she was serious and sober, listening intently.
"That I feel,—of that I am certain," returned the nobleman, earnestly.
earnest O.E. eornoste (adj.) from a noun eornost "passion, zeal" (surviving only in the phrase in earnest), from P.Gmc. *ern "vigor, briskness" (cf. O.H.G. arnust "struggle," Goth. arniba "safely," O.N. jarna "fight, combat") The proper name Ernest (lit. "resolute") is from the same root. Related: Earnestly; earnestness.