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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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simple, foolish, silly, fatuous, asinine mean actually or apparently deficient in intelligence. 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. foolish stunts 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

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

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“Silly.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/silly. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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