simple implies a degree of intelligence inadequate to cope with anything complex or involving mental effort.
considered people simple who had trouble with computers
foolish implies the character of being or seeming unable to use judgment, discretion, or good sense.
silly suggests failure to act as a rational being especially by ridiculous behavior.
the silly antics of revelers
fatuous implies foolishness, inanity, and disregard of reality.
fatuous conspiracy theories
asinine suggests utter and contemptible failure to use normal rationality or perception.
an asinine plot
Examples of silly in a Sentence
I hope I didn't make any silly mistakes.
The idea does seem a bit silly.
That's the silliest thing I've ever heard.
You drove in this weather? What a silly thing to do! Silly me. I locked myself out of the car again.
Ask a silly question, and you get a silly answer.
“I can't ask you to do that.” “Don't be silly. It is my pleasure.”
What a silly little purse. It looks too small to hold everything that I'd need to carry.
I'm tired of watching silly movies.
The book was a silly waste of time. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Photograph: Jackrabbit Even big men like to zip around looking silly on my tiny electric motorbike.—Adrienne So, WIRED, 20 Nov. 2023 The YouTuber had risen to fame for her satirical alter ego Miranda Sings, a silly character with a bizarre singing style and lack of self-awareness.—Angela Yang, NBC News, 19 Nov. 2023 Imagine never knowing the character-building satisfactions of menial chores like vacuuming and cleaning toilets, tasks that must seem so silly to her rich classmates, since their cleaning lady handles them each week.—Heather Havrilesky, New York Times, 18 Nov. 2023 Some of their issues are silly — making pictures of people with extra fingers — but others are dangerous.—Geoffrey A. Fowler, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2023 In a silly segment on Piers Morgan Tonight in 2013, Perry guest hosted the news show and brought Kudrow along as a special guest.—Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 15 Nov. 2023 The current political climate is both so silly and so dangerous.—Raven Smith, Vogue, 15 Nov. 2023 And while most of the antics many have come to expect from the category — stunts and tricks like smoke and sparklers as well as shady moves like blocking competitors with props or spraying silly string — were largely absent, the competition was still hot.—Mikelle Street, Essence, 14 Nov. 2023 This has been decried by many as being dangerous and silly, especially coming from such a safety-forward brand, with naysayers saying Polestar is needlessly sacrificing visibility for the sake of style and attention-grabbing headlines.—Daniel Golson, The Verge, 14 Nov. 2023
The Tumbler, like everything else Ember makes, is a silly guilty pleasure of a device.—David Pierce, The Verge, 14 Sep. 2023 Rocky also shared multiple other photos of the three posing for the cameras and acting silly in the mirror.—Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 1 June 2023 Any worker that’s going to throw a selfish, silly fit over something that keeps their bosses — that’s us — safe deserves the dismissal that’s coming their way.—Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2021 Caring about something so silly felt good.—Kate Knibbs, Wired, 22 Dec. 2020 On the other hand, silly dare ideas are bound to provide endless laughter while tightening your bond.—Leah Campano, Seventeen, 23 Mar. 2023 The Everything Everywhere All at Once co-stars won their Supporting Actor awards at the top of the show, so the two reliably high-energy awards-season presences were able to go full silly Billy for the rest of the night.—Vulture, 13 Mar. 2023 To be fair, the story is largely about the insular and silly-sounding vocabulary of designers.—Chris Klimek, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Dec. 2022 The film is a sensory smorgasbord, the scuba diving adventure of your dreams, especially when seen on a massive screen in 3D with huge speakers, and would be downright silly viewed on a smartphone.—Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, 16 Dec. 2022 See More
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Middle English sely, silly happy, innocent, pitiable, feeble, from Old English sǣlig, from sǣl happiness; akin to Old High German sālig happy