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.

    Etymology: Phonetic variant of seely.

  2. sillynoun

    A mistake.

    Etymology: Phonetic variant of seely.

  3. sillyadjective

    Pitiable; deserving of compassion; helpless.

    Etymology: Phonetic variant of seely.

  4. sillyadjective

    Simple, unsophisticated, ordinary; rustic, ignorant.

    Etymology: Phonetic variant of seely.

  5. sillyadjective

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

    I made a very silly mistake.

    Etymology: Phonetic variant of seely.

  6. sillyadjective

    irresponsible, showing irresponsible behaviors.

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

    Etymology: Phonetic variant of seely.

  7. sillyadjective

    playful, giggly.

    The newlyweds called each other silly little nicknames.

    Etymology: Phonetic variant of seely.

  8. sillyadjective

    semiconscious, witless.

    The impact of the ball knocked him silly.

    Etymology: Phonetic variant of seely.

  9. sillyadjective

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

    Etymology: Phonetic variant of seely.

  10. sillyadjective

    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. 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

How to pronounce silly?

  1. Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Indian

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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. Lance Bass:

    It’s silly really, we talk pretty much daily, so we’re always joking around, so this is just one of those weird events where we’re like, ‘Really? How did we get here? This is so weird!’ Our whole career we felt like we didn’t deserve anything.’.

  2. 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.

  3. Stephanie Grisham:

    Did you know that every 15 minutes a baby is born with NAS ? Maybe you'd like to talk about the 160,000 kids who skip school every day for fear of being bullied, or that 280,000 students are physically attacked in schools every month, seems kind of silly to worry about what channel Melania Trump watches on TV( any channel Melania Trump wants btw) or if Melania Trump heard some recording on the news.

  4. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu:

    A man that is ashamed of passions that are natural and reasonable is generally proud of those that are shameful and silly.

  5. Michel de Montaigne:

    No man is exempt from saying silly things; the mischief is to say them deliberately.

Images & Illustrations of silly

  1. sillysillysillysillysilly

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