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
A simple story leaves more time for silly jokes and light-hearted humor.
Team Twitter already had gone into overdrive trying to fill in the blanks, floating both silly and serious scenarios.
Triandos, his catcher that day, said Bunning grew increasingly silly on the mound as the game progressed.
He could be seen wearing a silly hat made from a napkin one night and hosting a spiritual circle for men on another.
The one-hour show includes Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel, who introduce audiences to their silly new friend, a court jester used to making royalty laugh.
L'amant double may be one of the filmmaker's sillier works (and for the director of 8 Women and Potiche, that's saying something).
Privately congratulate yourself for not laughing through this very silly-named act.
With a tool like this, the urge to get silly is irresistible, as Twitter user Brad Cohen has done by feeding Google Translate some Justin Timberlake lyrics.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'silly'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
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
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up silly? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).