adjective \ˈsi-lē\

: having or showing a lack of thought, understanding, or good judgment : foolish or stupid

: not practical or sensible

: not serious, meaningful, or important


Full Definition of SILLY

archaic :  helpless, weak
a :  rustic, plain
b obsolete :  lowly in station :  humble
a :  weak in intellect :  foolish
b :  exhibiting or indicative of a lack of common sense or sound judgment <a very silly mistake>
c :  trifling, frivolous
:  being stunned or dazed <scared silly> <knocked me silly>
sil·li·ly \ˈsi-lə-lē\ adverb
sil·li·ness \ˈsi-lē-nəs\ noun
silly noun or adverb

Examples of SILLY

  1. I hope I didn't make any silly mistakes.
  2. The idea does seem a bit silly.
  3. That's the silliest thing I've ever heard.
  4. You drove in this weather? What a silly thing to do!
  5. Silly me. I locked myself out of the car again.
  6. Ask a silly question, and you get a silly answer.
  7. I can't ask you to do that. Don't be silly. It is my pleasure.
  8. What a silly little purse. It looks too small to hold everything that I'd need to carry.
  9. I'm tired of watching silly movies.
  10. The book was a silly waste of time.

Origin of SILLY

Middle English sely, silly happy, innocent, pitiable, feeble, from Old English ̄lig, from ̄l happiness; akin to Old High German sālig happy
First Known Use: 14th century


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