Thesaurus

silly

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of silly

  1. 1 lacking in seriousness or maturity the matinee show was filled with a bunch of silly children making noise Synonyms of silly birdbrained, ditzy (or ditsy), dizzy, featherbrained, flighty, frivolous, frothy, futile, goofy, harebrained, light-headed, light-minded, puerile, scatterbrained, giddy, yeastyWords Related to silly fatuous, foolish, inane, nonsensical, thoughtless, witless; crazy, daffy, daft, fruity; exuberant, flippant, fluttery, giggly, happy, light, lighthearted, playful; sappy, shallow, superficialNear Antonyms of silly grave, melancholy, somber (or sombre), thoughtful; dignified, heavy, no-nonsense, sedate, severe, solemn, staidAntonyms of silly earnest, serious, serious-minded, sober, unfrivolous

  2. 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 Synonyms of silly absurd, asinine, balmy, brainless, bubbleheaded, cockeyed, crackpot, crazy, cuckoo, daffy, daft, dippy, dotty, fatuous, featherheaded, fool, half-baked, harebrained, half-witted, inept, insane, jerky, kooky (also kookie), loony (also looney), lunatic, lunkheaded, mad, nonsensical, nutty, preposterous, sappy, screwball, senseless, foolish, simpleminded, stupid, tomfool, unwise, wacky (also whacky), weak-minded, witless, zanyWords Related to silly airheaded, birdbrained, boobish, brain-dead, chowderheaded, chuckleheaded, clueless, dense, dim, dim-witted, doltish, dopey (also dopy), dorky [slang], dull, dumb, dunderheaded, empty-headed, fatuous, feebleminded, gormless [chiefly British], idiotic (also idiotical), imbecile (or imbecilic), knuckleheaded, lamebrain (or lamebrained), mindless, moronic, oafish, obtuse, opaque, pinheaded, simple, slow, slow-witted, soft, softheaded, thoughtless, thick, thickheaded, unintelligent, vacuous, witless; fallacious, illogical, invalid, irrational, nonrational, surd, unreasonable, unreasoning, unsound, weak; farcical, laughable, ludicrous, ridiculous; notional; buffoonish, clownish; ill-advised, unconsidered, unreasonedNear Antonyms of silly brainy, bright, clever, intelligent, smart; logical, rational, reasonable, valid; well-advisedAntonyms of silly judicious, prudent, sagacious, sage, sane, sapient, sensible, sound, wise

  3. 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 Synonyms of silly absurd, cockamamy (or cockamamie), comical, derisive, derisory, farcical, laughable, ludicrous, pathetic, preposterous, risible, ridiculousWords Related to silly asinine, brainless, dumb, fatuous, foolish, half-baked, half-witted, harebrained, idiotic (also idiotical), imbecile (or imbecilic), inane, jerky, moronic, nonsensical, simpleminded, stupid, unwise, weak-minded, witless; balmy, cockeyed, crazy, cuckoo, daffy, daft, dotty, insane, kooky (also kookie), loony (also looney), lunatic, mad, nutty, screwball, senseless, wacky (also whacky); fantastic (also fantastical), far-fetched, inconceivable, incredible, unbelievable, unreal, unrealistic, unreasonable; illogical, irrationalNear Antonyms of silly earnest, serious, solemn; believable, conceivable, credible, logical, rational, realistic, reasonable, sensible

  4. 4 suffering from mental confusion stunning news that knocked me silly Synonyms of silly addle, addled, addlepated, bedeviled, befogged, befuddled, bemused, bewildered, bushed [chiefly Australian], confounded, confused, dazed, distracted, dopey (also dopy), fogged, mixed-up, muddleheaded, muzzy, pixilated (also pixillated), punch-drunk, punchy, raddled, shell-shocked, dizzy, slaphappy, spaced-out (or spaced), spacey (also spacy), stunned, stupefied, zonked, zonked-outWords Related to silly senseless, unconsciousNear Antonyms of silly alert, consciousAntonyms of silly clearheaded, unconfused

Synonym Discussion of silly

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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