half-serious

half-serious

adj
not entirely serious
ˌhalfˈseriously adv
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half-serious

[ˌhɑːfˈsɪərɪəs] ADJentre serio y en broma
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These two appeared to have attained the culminating point of a discussion -- half-bantering, half-serious.
Almost as soon as he had spoken, a portly upright man (whom I can see now, as I write) in a well-worn olive-coloured frock-coat, with a peculiar pallor over-spreading the red in his complexion, and eyes that went wandering about when he tried to fix them, came up to a corner of the bars, and put his hand to his hat - which had a greasy and fatty surface like cold broth - with a half-serious and half-jocose military salute.
His mode of dressing, and the particular styles that from time to time he affected, had their marked influence on the young exquisites of the Mayfair balls and Pall Mall club windows, who copied him in everything that he did, and tried to reproduce the accidental charm of his graceful, though to him only half-serious fopperies.
Duterte was joking or serious or even half-joking or half-serious.
It was the typical sort of joyful, idiotic and half-serious conversation that blokes excel at.
Those half-serious New Year's resolutions to lose weight should become year-round commitments to lose weight and prevent future weight gain.
As Blackwell remembers it, the shootaround turned into a friendly wager, half-serious at first.
Khourywas outraged on my behalf, half-serious and half-amused at Americans' incompetence with food.
Chastain and Pena share the return vessel with Kate Mara, Aksel Hennie and Sebastian Stan, while Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Donald Glover and a half-serious Kristen Wiig brainstorm from the ground.
She stepped out of the doorway, ready with a half-serious reproach for the sin of her being kept waiting ready on her lips, but the words stayed unsaid when she found herself staring into the eyes of a startled-looking soldier.