What does silly mean?

Definitions for silly
ˈsɪl isil·ly

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sillyadjective

    Etymology: selig, German. Skinner.

    After long storms,
    In dread of death and dangerous dismay,
    With which my silly bark was tossed sore,
    I do at length descry the happy shore. Edmund Spenser.

    Perhaps their loves, or else their sheep,
    Was that did their silly thoughts so busy keep. John Milton.

    The meanest subjects censure the actions of the greatest prince; the silliest servants, of the wisest master. William Temple.

    I have no discontent at living here; besides what arises from a silly spirit of liberty, which I resolve to throw off. Jonathan Swift.

    Such parts of writings as are stupid or silly, false or mistaken, should become subjects of occasional criticism. Isaac Watts.

Wikipedia

  1. Silly

    Silly is a song written by Fritz Baskett, Clarence McDonald and Deniece Williams and performed by Williams. The soulful ballad was released off Williams' My Melody album in 1981 and became the most successful track off the album reaching as high as number fifty-three on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming an even bigger success on the R&B chart where it peaked at number-eleven. It has since gone on to become one of Williams' most requested songs over a career that has spanned over thirty years. The song featured production by Williams and respected Philly soul producer Thom Bell. The song was recorded at Philadelphia's acclaimed Sigma Sound Studios. The song would be later covered by singer Taral Hicks nearly two decades later in 1997 and was released as the second single off Hicks' debut album becoming a hit on the R&B chart. One of Williams' influences, Patti LaBelle, later recorded the song for her 2005 album, Classic Moments. Singer Monica later sampled the instrumental intro and bridge of the song for her number-one R&B hit, "Everything to Me" and also interpolated Williams' ending high notes at the end of the song. Monica and Williams sang "Everything to Me" and "Silly" respectively together at the BET Awards in 2010. The-Dream also sampled the song for his song "Silly", which featured Casha, on his free mixtape 1977.

ChatGPT

  1. silly

    Silly means behaving or speaking in a playful, foolish, or lighthearted manner that is not serious or sensible. It often involves engaging in humorous or nonsensical acts or jokes.

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

Wikidata

  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. silyl

  2. slily

  3. yills

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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. 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.

  2. Jennifer Andresen:

    My husband and I were watching' Horror Story' and I didn't have any idea what the show would be about, the piece of coral Sarah Paulson saw freaked me out so badly that I had to tell my husband. Up to now, I've kept it to Jennifer Andresen because it seemed so silly, so odd.

  3. Bernie Sanders:

    I wouldn’t use the word offensive, I found them a little bit silly, a bit absurd, the issue was what impact did the fact that she has received huge amounts of funding from Wall Street have on her attitude towards Wall Street.

  4. Michelle Serafin of Westfield:

    In the past, I would receive them and totally ignore them. Frankly, I think they're kind of silly.

  5. Marya Mannes:

    But the silly male fool is often unaware of how much a look,a touch, a word can hold for a woman.Nor does he seem to have any idea at all of the degree to which their absence can make her cross,resentful ,tiresome." This is from her essay "The Power Men have over Women

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