What does Silly mean?

Definitions for Silly
ˈsɪl iSil·ly

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Silly.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sillyadjective

    a word used for misbehaving children

    "don't be a silly"

  2. cockamamie, cockamamy, goofy, sappy, silly, wacky, whacky, zanyadjective

    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, sillyadjective

    lacking seriousness; given to frivolity

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

  4. pathetic, ridiculous, sillyadjective

    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, slaphappyadjective

    dazed from or as if from repeated blows

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

Wiktionary

  1. sillynoun

    A silly person; a fool.

  2. sillynoun

    A mistake.

  3. sillyadjective

    Pitiable; deserving of compassion; helpless.

  4. sillyadjective

    Simple, unsophisticated, ordinary; rustic, ignorant.

  5. sillyadjective

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

    I made a very silly mistake.

  6. sillyadjective

    irresponsible, showing irresponsible behaviors.

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

  7. sillyadjective

    playful, giggly.

    The newlyweds called each other silly little nicknames.

  8. sillyadjective

    semiconscious, witless.

    The impact of the ball knocked him silly.

  9. sillyadjective

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

  10. sillyadjective

    simple, not intelligent, refined.

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

  11. Etymology: Phonetic variant of seely.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sillynoun

    happy; fortunate; blessed

  2. Sillynoun

    harmless; innocent; inoffensive

  3. Sillynoun

    weak; helpless; frail

  4. Sillynoun

    rustic; plain; simple; humble

  5. Sillynoun

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

  6. Sillynoun

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Silly

    sil′i, adj. simple: harmless: foolish: witless: imprudent: absurd: stupid.—n. a silly person.—adv. Sill′ily.—ns. Sill′iness; Sill′y-how, a caul. [Orig. 'blessed,' and so 'innocent,' 'simple,' A.S. sǽlig, gesælig, timely—sǽl, time; Ger. selig, blest, happy, Goth. sels, good.]

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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

Anagrams for Silly »

  1. slily

  2. yills

  3. silyl

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Silly in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Silly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Silly in a Sentence

  1. Mark Rienzi:

    The idea that the government doesn't have some other way to do this is really a pretty silly argument.

  2. Orrin Hatch:

    Maybe one wants to argue that Charles Rettig purchased these properties in 2006, during season five of The Apprentice, on the off chance that President Donald Trump would become president and nominate Charles Rettig to be Charles Rettig. But this is silly.

  3. Detective Kevin Becker:

    This is just ridiculous... publicity hounds, it is just silly.

  4. Liam Neeson:

    The Dustin Hoffman thing, I’m on the fence about that, when you’re doing a play and you’re with your family – other actors, technicians – you do silly things and it becomes kind of superstitious if you don’t do it every night you think it’s going to jinx the show. I’m not saying I’ve done similar things to what [Hoffman] apparently did but it’s childhood stuff.

  5. John Kennedy:

    It does n’t seem likely that someone would want to cut it up and sell it as it would lose too much value. To steal something that John Kennedy ca n’t liquidate is silly.

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