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  • Jimmy did not study very earnestly and took to bad courses for a while.
  • He was often to be seen walking with policemen in plain clothes, talking earnestly.
  • He watched earnestly the passing of the grey web of twilight across its face.
  • He eyed this food earnestly for some time and then, after glancing warily up and down the street, went into the shop quickly.
  • He went over to Mrs. Kearney and spoke with her earnestly.
  • "But we mustn’t be late," said Mr. Power earnestly, "because it is sure to be crammed to the doors."

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  • Both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate.
  • She has a casual, go-with-the-flow personality and doesn’t appreciate his earnestness.

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