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. 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"

Wiktionary

  1. silly(Noun)

    A silly person; a fool.

    Etymology: Phonetic variant of seely.

  2. silly(Noun)

    A mistake.

    Etymology: Phonetic variant of seely.

  3. silly(Adjective)

    Pitiable; deserving of compassion; helpless.

    Etymology: Phonetic variant of seely.

  4. silly(Adjective)

    Simple, unsophisticated, ordinary; rustic, ignorant.

    Etymology: Phonetic variant of seely.

  5. silly(Adjective)

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

    I made a very silly mistake.

    Etymology: Phonetic variant of seely.

  6. silly(Adjective)

    irresponsible, showing irresponsible behaviors.

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

    Etymology: Phonetic variant of seely.

  7. silly(Adjective)

    playful, giggly.

    The newlyweds called each other silly little nicknames.

    Etymology: Phonetic variant of seely.

  8. silly(Adjective)

    semiconscious, witless.

    The impact of the ball knocked him silly.

    Etymology: Phonetic variant of seely.

  9. silly(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: Phonetic variant of seely.

  10. silly(Adjective)

    simple, not intelligent, refined.

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

    Etymology: 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.

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

How to pronounce silly?

  1. Alex
    Alex
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    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
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How to say silly in sign language?

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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. Cruz Paul:

    I recognize that there are candidates in the field that don't want to talk about those issues, and they want to instead encourage the good people of the media to go down rabbit trails and engage in silly sideshows, i don't think the American people are interested.

  2. Ben Mee:

    To describe I have to use words that I cannot. It is better we finish. I don't want to look silly in front of you. I am surprised we didn't lose.

  3. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham:

    We have too many, people on one stage and too few on the other, i don't mind being asked hard questions and challenging questions, I think some of the questions have been downright silly and this thing has gone on too long, the second debate went on too long, the last debate was just a complete food fight. So we're trying to take control of the process. And Reince Priebus is a good friend, my beef is not with him.

  4. Siddharth Astir:

    Only smart people can make silly mistakes.

  5. Barbara Bush:

    I think this is a great American country, great country, and if we can't find more than two or three families to run for high office, that's silly.

Images & Illustrations of silly

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