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sil·ly

 (sĭl′ē)
adj. sil·li·er, sil·li·est
1. Having or exhibiting a lack of good judgment or common sense; foolish. See Synonyms at foolish.
2. Lacking seriousness or responsibleness; frivolous: indulged in silly word play; silly pet names for each other.
3. Semiconscious; dazed: knocked silly by the impact.

[Middle English seli, silli, blessed, innocent, hapless, from Old English gesælig, blessed.]

sil′li·ly (sĭl′ə-lē) adv.
sil′li·ness n.

silly

(ˈsɪlɪ)
adj, -lier or -liest
1. lacking in good sense; absurd
2. frivolous, trivial, or superficial
3. feeble-minded
4. dazed, as from a blow
5. obsolete homely or humble
npl -lies
6. (Cricket) (modifier) cricket (of a fielding position) near the batsman's wicket: silly mid-on.
7. informal Also called: silly-billy a foolish person
[C15 (in the sense: pitiable, hence the later senses: foolish): from Old English sǣlig (unattested) happy, from sǣl happiness; related to Gothic sēls good]
ˈsilliness n

sil•ly

(ˈsɪl i)

adj. -li•er, -li•est, adj.
1. weak-minded or lacking good sense; stupid or foolish.
2. absurd; ridiculous; nonsensical.
3. stunned; dazed: He knocked me silly.
4. Archaic. rustic; plain; homely.
5. Archaic. weak; helpless.
6. Obs. lowly in rank or state; humble.
n.
7. Informal. a silly or foolish person.
[1375–1425; Middle English sely, orig., blessed, happy, guileless, Old English gesaelig happy, derivative of sael happiness; c. Dutch zalig, German selig]
sil′li•ly, adv.
sil′li•ness, n.

silly

  • desipient - A fancy way to say "silly, trifling, foolish."
  • fond - First meant "foolish, silly."
  • footle, footling - To footle is to talk or act foolishly, from the old verb meaning "bungle"; as an adjective, footle (or footling) refers to something trifling or silly.
  • simper - To smile in a silly or self-conscious way.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.silly - a word used for misbehaving childrensilly - a word used for misbehaving children; "don't be a silly"
child, kid, minor, nipper, tiddler, youngster, tike, shaver, small fry, nestling, fry, tyke - a young person of either sex; "she writes books for children"; "they're just kids"; "`tiddler' is a British term for youngster"
Adj.1.silly - ludicrous, foolish; "gave me a cockamamie reason for not going"; "wore a goofy hat"; "a silly idea"; "some wacky plan for selling more books"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
foolish - devoid of good sense or judgment; "foolish remarks"; "a foolish decision"
2.silly - lacking seriousnesssilly - lacking seriousness; given to frivolity; "a dizzy blonde"; "light-headed teenagers"; "silly giggles"
frivolous - not serious in content or attitude or behavior; "a frivolous novel"; "a frivolous remark"; "a frivolous young woman"
3.silly - inspiring scornful pity; "how silly an ardent and unsuccessful wooer can be especially if he is getting on in years"- Dashiell Hammett
undignified - lacking dignity
4.silly - dazed from or as if from repeated blows; "knocked silly by the impact"; "slaphappy with exhaustion"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
confused - mentally confused; unable to think with clarity or act intelligently; "the flood of questions left her bewildered and confused"

silly

adjective
1. stupid, ridiculous, absurd, daft, inane, childish, immature, senseless, frivolous, preposterous, giddy, goofy (informal), idiotic, dozy (Brit. informal), fatuous, witless, puerile, brainless, asinine, dumb-ass (slang), cockamamie (slang, chiefly U.S.), dopy (slang) That's a silly thing to say.
stupid smart, clever, intelligent, serious, aware, bright, acute, reasonable, mature, profound, sane, perceptive
3. senseless, stupid, numb, into oblivion, groggy, stupefied, into a stupor Right now the poor old devil's drinking himself silly.
noun
1. (Informal) fool, idiot, twit (informal), goose (informal), clot (Brit. informal), wally (slang), prat (slang), plonker (slang), duffer (informal), simpleton, ignoramus, nitwit (informal), ninny, silly-billy (informal), dweeb (U.S. slang), putz (U.S. slang), eejit (Scot. & Irish), thicko (Brit. slang), doofus (slang, chiefly U.S.), nerd or nurd (slang) Come on, silly, we'll miss all the fun.

silly

adjective
1. Displaying a complete lack of forethought and good sense:
Translations
أَبْلَهسَخيف، ساذَج، أحْمَق
hloupý
dumfjollettåbelig
hassuhölmösekavatyhmätyperä
šašav
heimskur, kjánalegur
つまらない愚かな愚鈍な阿呆な馬鹿げた
어리석은
muļķa-muļķīgs
neumen
fånig
โง่
ngớ ngẩn

silly

[ˈsɪlɪ] ADJ (sillier (compar) (silliest (superl))) (= stupid) [person] → tonto, bobo, sonso or zonzo (LAm); [act, idea] → absurdo; (= ridiculous) → ridículo
how silly of me!; silly me!¡qué tonto or bobo soy!
that was silly of you; that was a silly thing to doeso que hiciste fue muy tonto or bobo, fue una tontería or estupidez por tu parte
don't be sillyno seas tonto or bobo
I feel silly in this hatme siento ridículo con este sombrero
to knock sb sillydar una paliza a algn
the blow knocked him sillyel golpe le dejó tonto or sin sentido
to laugh o.s. sillydesternillarse de risa
you look silly carrying that fishpareces tonto llevando ese pez
to make sb look sillyponer a algn en ridículo
silly seasontemporada f boba, canícula f
I've done a silly thinghe hecho una tontería, he sido un tonto

silly

[ˈsɪli] adj [person] → stupide; [remark, question, mistake, idea, game, joke] → stupide; [hat] → bête
Don't be silly → Ne sois pas stupide.
to look silly in sth [+ clothes] → avoir l'air bête avec qch
You do look silly in that hat → Tu as l'air vraiment bête avec ce chapeau.
to do something silly → faire une bêtise
to drink o.s. silly → boire comme un trou
to laugh o.s. silly → rire comme un bossusilly season (British) n (JOURNALISM) the silly season → le retour des serpents de mer

silly

adj (+er)albern, dumm, doof (inf); don’t be silly (= do silly things)mach keinen Quatsch (inf); (= say silly things)red keinen Unsinn; (= ask silly questions)frag nicht so dumm; that was silly of you, that was a silly thing to dodas war dumm (von dir); I’ve done a silly thing and come without the keyich war so dumm, ohne Schlüssel zu kommen, ich Dussel bin ohne Schlüssel gekommen (inf); it was a silly thing to sayes war dumm, das zu sagen; I hope he doesn’t do anything sillyich hoffe, er macht keine Dummheiten; I know it’s silly to feel jealousich weiß, es ist dumm, eifersüchtig zu sein; he was silly to resignes war dumm von ihm zurückzutreten; I feel silly in this hatmit diesem Hut komme ich mir albern or lächerlich vor; to make somebody look sillyjdn lächerlich machen; that remark of yours made him look/left him looking a bit sillynach dieser Bemerkung von dir stand er ziemlich dumm da; to knock somebody silly (inf)jdn windelweich schlagen (inf); to laugh oneself silly (inf)sich dumm und dämlich lachen (inf); to worry somebody silly (inf)jdn vor Sorge (ganz) krank machen; to drink oneself silly (inf)seinen Verstand versaufen (inf); to be bored silly (inf)zu Tode gelangweilt sein; to bore somebody silly (inf)jdn zu Tode langweilen; to pay a silly price for something (inf, high price) → für etw einen sündhaft teuren Preis bezahlen; (low price) → für etw einen Spottpreis bezahlen; silly money (inf)Wahnsinnssummen pl (inf)
n (Brit: also silly-billy) → Dussel m (inf); you big sillydu Dummerchen (inf); don’t be such a sillysei nicht albern

silly

[ˈsɪlɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (stupid) → sciocco/a, stupido/a; (ridiculous) → ridicolo/a
don't be silly → non fare lo/a sciocco/a, non essere stupido/a
to do something silly → fare una sciocchezza

silly

(ˈsili) adjective
foolish; not sensible. Don't be so silly!; silly children.
ˈsilliness noun

silly

أَبْلَه hloupý dum albern χαζός tonto tyhmä bête šašav sciocco 愚かな 어리석은 dwaas tøysete głupi bobo, idiota глупый fånig โง่ aptalca ngớ ngẩn 愚蠢的

silly

a. tonto-a;
a ___ thing / una tontería.
References in classic literature ?
There we have two specimens of these Neapolitans--two of the silliest possible frauds, which half the population religiously and faithfully believed, and the other half either believed also or else said nothing about, and thus lent themselves to the support of the imposture.
From all that I can collect by your manner of talking, you must be two of the silliest girls in the country.
By which word we do not intend to insinuate to the reader, that she was silly, which is generally understood as a synonymous term with simple; for she was indeed a most sensible girl, and her understanding was of the first rate; but she wanted all that useful art which females convert to so many good purposes in life, and which, as it rather arises from the heart than from the head, is often the property of the silliest of women.
You're the silliest fool I ever knew," he said bluntly, "but I suppose you'll worry me into a fever if you don't have your own way.
It's the silliest trick you ever saw," he said, "but it's very useful for breathing and singing in the water.
I think now that he was the silliest creature I ever met; he had developed in the most wonderful way the distinctive silliness of man without losing one jot of the natural folly of a monkey.
Polly shut her door hard, and felt ready to cry with vexation, that her pleasure should be spoilt by such a silly idea; for, of all the silly freaks of this fast age, that of little people playing at love is about the silliest.
The last one they had was, and his wife was the silliest, flightiest little thing I ever saw.
I knew he meant to be the last to leave his ship, so I swarmed up as quick as I could, and those damned lunatics up there grab at me from above, lug me in, drag me along aft through the row and the riot of the silliest excitement I ever did see.
Here some light-minded person may exclaim against the truth of this statement; they will say that there is not in all France a girl so silly as to be ignorant of the art of angling for men; that Mademoiselle Cormon is one of those monstrous exceptions which commonsense should prevent a writer from using as a type; that the most virtuous and also the silliest girl who desires to catch her fish knows well how to bait the hook.
Silliest word in our language, and one knows so well the popular idea of health.
It's the silliest lie a sensible man like you ever believed, to say a woman makes a house comfortable.