Silly meaning

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A silly person.
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Having or exhibiting a lack of good judgment or common sense; foolish.
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Semiconscious; dazed.

Knocked silly by the impact.

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Having or showing little sense, judgment, or sobriety; foolish, stupid, absurd, ludicrous, irrational, etc.

Don't be silly, it's no bother.

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(informal) Dazed or senseless, as from a blow.
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The definition of silly is foolish or stupid.

An example of silly is a play with no real purpose or meaning.

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(archaic) Pitiable; deserving of compassion; helpless.
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William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

A fourth man, in a silly habit.

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John Milton (1608-1674)

All that did their silly thoughts so busy keep.

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Foolish, showing a lack of good sense and wisdom; frivolous, trifling.

I made a very silly mistake.

The newlyweds called each other silly little nicknames.

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Irresponsible, showing irresponsible behaviors.

What a silly kid, he's always getting in trouble.

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The impact of the ball knocked him silly.

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(cricket) Of a fielding position, very close to the batsman; closer than short.
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(pejorative) Simple, not intelligent, unrefined.

John was prosperous and his helpless, silly father could be of no use to him.

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Robynson (More's Utopia)

A silly, innocent hare murdered of a dog.

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(colloquial) A silly person; a fool.
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(colloquial) A mistake.
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Lacking seriousness or responsibleness; frivolous.

Indulged in silly word play; silly pet names for each other.

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(now rare) Feebleminded; imbecile.
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Frivolous or trivial.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
silly
Plural:
sillies

Adjective

Base Form:
silly
Comparative:
sillier
Superlative:
silliest

Origin of silly

  • Middle English seli, silli blessed, innocent, hapless from Old English gesælig blessed

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Phonetic variant of seely. From Old English *sǣliġ, "blessed", (attested only in form ġesǣliġ), from Proto-Germanic *sēlīgaz. Cognate with West Frisian sillich, Dutch zalig, German selig. More at sely.

    From Wiktionary