Half laughing and half serious, she let him monopolize her, but quite drove him away when Mr. Dykeman claimed his dance.
Such is the discourse, half playful, half serious, which I dedicate to the god.
She doesnt take things lightly; she is a dear, simple little girl, and half serious trifling is not to her what it is to us.
Thackeray, to be sure, can write good ballads, half serious.
"You may well say in more ways than one," returned Lionel, half joking, half serious.
Her eyes were full of half serious reproach, of laughter and enticement.
The explanation she had once made to herself had been half irony, half serious reflection.
Half laughing, half serious, Nancy tried to keep her ground.
I never knew a man like O'Shea for thinking of things that are half serious and half funny.
The half–serious, half–joking command Ole accepted in earnest.
mid-15c., "expressing earnest purpose or thought" (of persons), from Middle French sérieux "grave, earnest" (14c.), from Late Latin seriosus, from Latin serius "weighty, important, grave," probably from a PIE root *swer- (4) "heavy" (cf. Lithuanian sveriu "to weigh, lift," svarus "heavy;" Old English swære "heavy," German schwer "heavy," Gothic swers "honored, esteemed," literally "weighty"). As opposite of jesting, from 1712; as opposite of light (of music, theater, etc.), from 1762. Meaning "attended with danger" is from 1800.
serious se·ri·ous (sēr'ē-əs)
Being of such import as to cause anxiety, as of a physical condition.