Definitions for SILLYˈsɪl i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sil•lyˈsɪl i(adj.)-li•er, -li•est

  1. (adj.)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.

  7. (n.)Informal. a silly or foolish person.

    Category: Informal

Origin of silly:

1375–1425; ME sely, orig., blessed, happy, guileless, OE gesaelig happy, der. of sael happiness; c. D zalig, G selig

sil′li•ness(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. silly(adj)

    a word used for misbehaving children

    "don't be a silly"

  2. cockamamie, cockamamy, goofy, sappy, silly, wacky, whacky, zany(adj)

    ludicrous, foolish

    "gave me a cockamamie reason for not going"; "wore a goofy hat"; "a silly idea"; "some wacky plan for selling more books"

  3. airheaded, dizzy, empty-headed, featherbrained, giddy, light-headed, lightheaded, silly(adj)

    lacking seriousness; given to frivolity

    "a dizzy blonde"; "light-headed teenagers"; "silly giggles"

  4. pathetic, ridiculous, silly(adj)

    inspiring scornful pity

    "how silly an ardent and unsuccessful wooer can be especially if he is getting on in years"- Dashiell Hammett

  5. punch-drunk, silly, slaphappy(adj)

    dazed from or as if from repeated blows

    "knocked silly by the impact"; "slaphappy with exhaustion"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. silly(adjective)ˈsɪl i

    stupid and childish

    Stop being silly now.; It'd be silly to give up now.

  2. sillyˈsɪl i

    unimportant

    It's just a silly sticker - why get upset?

Wiktionary

  1. silly(Noun)

    A silly person; a fool.

  2. silly(Noun)

    A mistake.

  3. silly(Adjective)

    Pitiable; deserving of compassion; helpless.

  4. silly(Adjective)

    Simple, unsophisticated, ordinary; rustic, ignorant.

  5. silly(Adjective)

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

    I made a very silly mistake.

  6. silly(Adjective)

    irresponsible, showing irresponsible behaviors.

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

  7. silly(Adjective)

    playful, giggly.

    The newlyweds called each other silly little nicknames.

  8. silly(Adjective)

    semiconscious, witless.

    The impact of the ball knocked him silly.

  9. silly(Adjective)

    of a fielding position, very close to the batsman; closer than short

  10. silly(Adjective)

    simple, not intelligent, refined.

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

  11. Origin: Phonetic variant of seely.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Silly(noun)

    happy; fortunate; blessed

  2. Silly(noun)

    harmless; innocent; inoffensive

  3. Silly(noun)

    weak; helpless; frail

  4. Silly(noun)

    rustic; plain; simple; humble

  5. Silly(noun)

    weak in intellect; destitute of ordinary strength of mind; foolish; witless; simple; as, a silly woman

  6. Silly(noun)

    proceeding from want of understanding or common judgment; characterized by weakness or folly; unwise; absurd; stupid; as, silly conduct; a silly question

Freebase

  1. Silly

    Silly is a German rock band. Founded in East Germany in the year 1978, Silly was one of the country's most popular music acts, and was well known for its charismatic lead singer Tamara Danz. Her death in 1996 ended the band's recording career for 14 years. In 2005 the surviving members began to perform as Silly again, first with several guest singers, before choosing actress Anna Loos to replace Danz. The first album with the new line-up, Alles Rot, became the band's most successful to date, reaching number 3 on the German charts in 2010.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SILLY' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4120

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SILLY' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1117

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SILLY' in Adjectives Frequency: #465


Translations for SILLY

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

silly(adjective)

foolish; not sensible

Don't be so silly!; silly children.

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