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silly

adjective

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1 lacking in seriousness or maturity
  • the matinee show was filled with a bunch of silly children making noise

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2 showing or marked by a lack of good sense or judgment
  • those silly movie producers who thought that audiences would fall for that gimmick all over again

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3 so foolish or pointless as to be worthy of scornful laughter
  • had the silly notion that her latest marriage might last longer than her three previous ones

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4 suffering from mental confusion
  • stunning news that knocked me silly

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silly

noun

Synonyms of silly (Entry 2 of 2)

as in fool, goose

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Frequently Asked Questions About silly

How is the word silly different from other adjectives like it?

Some common synonyms of silly are asinine, fatuous, foolish, and simple. While all these words mean "actually or apparently deficient in intelligence," silly suggests failure to act as a rational being especially by ridiculous behavior.

the silly antics of revelers

In what contexts can asinine take the place of silly?

In some situations, the words asinine and silly are roughly equivalent. However, asinine suggests utter and contemptible failure to use normal rationality or perception.

an asinine plot

When is it sensible to use fatuous instead of silly?

Although the words fatuous and silly have much in common, fatuous implies foolishness, inanity, and disregard of reality.

fatuous conspiracy theories

When could foolish be used to replace silly?

The words foolish and silly can be used in similar contexts, but foolish implies the character of being or seeming unable to use judgment, discretion, or good sense.

foolish stunts

When would simple be a good substitute for silly?

The words simple and silly are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, simple implies a degree of intelligence inadequate to cope with anything complex or involving mental effort.

considered people simple who had trouble with computers

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The first known use of silly was in the 15th century

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“Silly.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/silly. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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