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
Short, sweet and incredibly silly, this picture book series is a perfect read for little ones.
Tensions between the groups grew higher as Antifa members slashed Patriot Pride’s tires and sprayed silly string at Patriot Pride members.
Miss Manners puts this confusion down to our silly persistence in using a French abbreviation, when a lot of people seem not to have been paying attention in French class.
But Batman & Robin is wonderfully silly, with an A-list cast, and there’s a delightful comic-book veneer and a sense of humor that the self-serious Christopher Nolan Dark Knight movies could have benefited from.
Truth be told, the question was a little bit silly.
The eighth graders overcompensated with silly ad-libs, while the sophomores tried to look cool.
Update: Our in-house editor Jennifer Hahn has a second, longer cut of our gameplay viewable here, in case your morning wasn't silly enough already.
Wake, of course, has made all of his doubters look silly.
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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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