Definition of silly
sillilyplay \ˈsi-lə-lē\ adverb
sillinessplay \ˈsi-lē-nəs\ noun
sillynoun or adverb
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.
Recent Examples of silly from the Web
Wagah’s silly hats and walks serve a serious function.
The sustaining activity is conversation which is variously passionate and light-hearted, serious and witty, informative and silly.
This is a silly idea that should be retired from the conversation about free speech on campus.
Many of the Howdy Sheriffs are (perhaps cheekily) political, but there are also plenty that are just plain silly.
For all his silly tweets, Trump hasn’t opened any gulags (yet).
Each book tells the different, often silly uses for the fruits.
Short, sweet and incredibly silly, this picture book series is a perfect read for little ones.
One needn't be a die-hard fan, however, to enjoy this show, or even to catch on to the delightfully silly plot.
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Origin and Etymology of silly
Middle English sely, silly happy, innocent, pitiable, feeble, from Old English sǣlig, from sǣl happiness; akin to Old High German sālig happy
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of silly
SILLY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of silly for English Language Learners
: having or showing a lack of thought, understanding, or good judgment : foolish or stupid
: not practical or sensible
: not serious, meaningful, or important
SILLY Defined for Kids
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