What is the opposite of playful?

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Adjective
Opposite of having a fun-loving or high-spirited disposition or manner
“He had proved to be an interesting, if slightly morbid and subdued, traveling companion.”
Adjective
Opposite of done with humor or in jest
“Evelyn stopped giggling when she saw Julian with a serious look on his face.”
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Opposite of cheerfully unconcerned about the future or things in general
“He was, in spite of all his genius and accomplishment, a troubled man seeking his own truth.”
Adjective
Opposite of deliberately or affectedly playful and teasing
Adjective
Opposite of treating serious issues with inappropriate humor
“I was being sincere when I accepted your challenge to a boxing match.”
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Opposite of exhibiting a mischievous or reckless playfulness
Adjective
Opposite of playfully quaint or fanciful, especially in an appealing and amusing way
Adjective
Playfully mischievous
“She turns around, sees my wicked grin, and immediately wonders what is going on.”
Adjective
Opposite of strong, healthy, and full of energy
Adjective
Opposite of of or pertaining to flirtation
Adjective
Opposite of state of being happy and contented
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“The vagrant suffered a sad and joyless existence.”
Adjective
Opposite of having a reasonable chance of success
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Opposite of not intended to be taken seriously
“Our nation needs to get serious about resourcing its reserves if it's going to rely on them as heavily as it has lately.”
Adjective
Opposite of showing or suggesting that one has knowledge or awareness of something
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