silliness


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.silliness - a ludicrous follysilliness - a ludicrous folly; "the crowd laughed at the absurdity of the clown's behavior"
folly, foolishness, unwiseness - the trait of acting stupidly or rashly
2.silliness - an impulsive scatterbrained manner
frivolity, frivolousness - the trait of being frivolous; not serious or sensible
lightsomeness, lightness - the trait of being lighthearted and frivolous

silliness

noun
Translations
سَخافَه، حَماقَه
hloupost
fjolleritåbelighed
heimska
aptallıksaçmalık

silliness

[ˈsɪlɪnɪs] N (= quality) → estupidez f; (= act) → tontería f

silliness

[ˈsɪlinɪs] nbêtise f
I don't want any silliness → Et pas de bêtises.

silliness

nAlbernheit f; no silliness while we’re out, children!macht keine Dummheiten, wenn wir nicht da sind!

silliness

[ˈsɪlɪnɪs] nstupidità

silly

(ˈsili) adjective
foolish; not sensible. Don't be so silly!; silly children.
ˈsilliness noun
References in classic literature ?
I could neither laugh with nor at the solemn utterances of men I esteemed ponderous asses; nor could I laugh, nor engage in my old-time lightsome persiflage, with the silly superficial chatterings of women, who, underneath all their silliness and softness, were as primitive, direct, and deadly in their pursuit of biological destiny as the monkeys women were before they shed their furry coats and replaced them with the furs of other animals.
The hymn must therefore be later than that date, though Terpander, according to Weir Smyth (16), may have only modified the scale of the lyre; yet while the burlesque character precludes an early date, this feature is far removed, as Allen and Sikes remark, from the silliness of the "Battle of the Frogs and Mice", so that a date in the earlier part of the sixth century is most probable.
It was the smile that did it, convicting Joan in her own eyes of the silliness of her cry and sending over her face the most amazing blush he had ever seen.
For that one moment he dropped his silliness and spoke with dignity.
And when Wordsworth remembers his own rules and keeps to them there is no glamour, and his simplicity is apt to seem to us mere silliness.
Probably there's some new silliness about it," said Mrs.
Among the third and fourth year students there was a certain amount of going to and from the trains in couples; some carrying of heavy books up the hill by the sterner sex for their feminine schoolmates, and occasional bursts of silliness on the part of heedless and precocious girls, among whom was Huldah Meserve.
asked the Admiral, with the silliness of extreme surprise.
Perhaps it's pure silliness, but I feel that I can love much, give much--give all, and in return, though I don't want all, I want much--and I want much more than your money would permit you to give me.
Because his favourite wife, mother of his eldest born, had dared out of silliness of affection to violate one of his kingly tamboos, he had had her killed and had himself selfishly and religiously eaten the last of her even to the marrow of her cracked joints, sharing no morsel with his boonest of comrades.
To-night, for the first time in my life, I saw through the hollowness, the sham, the silliness of the empty pageant in which I had always played.
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.