adjective, sil·li·er, sil·li·est.
noun, plural sil·lies.
- sills, beverly,
- silly billy,
- silly putty,
- silly season,
Origin of silly
Examples from the Web for sillier
In any case, this whole thing is just looking sillier and sillier.
Yet 2012 has shaped up as one of the sillier and sleazier campaigns in recent times.
Boehner may have an envy problem, and, if so, it is making him sillier and sweatier by the week.
"Now, don't be sillier than you can help," murmurs she, with a lovely smile.Faith and Unfaith|Duchess
A sillier and, under the circumstances, crueller hoax it would have been impossible to conceive.In Strange Company|Guy Boothby
All sorts of considerations that I should have shown to a sillier woman I never dreamt of showing to her.The Secret Places of the Heart|H. G. Wells
I think there are sillier folks in the City than anywhere else.The Last Chronicle of Barset|Anthony Trollope
To feel your parent smaller and sillier than yourself is sad.Hester, Volume 1 (of 3)|Margaret Oliphant
adjective -lier or -liest
Word Origin for silly
Old English gesælig "happy, fortuitous, prosperous" (related to sæl "happiness"), from Proto-Germanic *sæligas (cf. Old Norse sæll "happy," Old Saxon salig, Middle Dutch salich, Old High German salig, German selig "blessed, happy, blissful," Gothic sels "good, kindhearted"), from PIE *sele- "of good mood; to favor," from root *sel- (2) "happy, of good mood; to favor" (cf. Latin solari "to comfort," Greek hilaros "cheerful, gay, merry, joyous").
This is one of the few instances in which an original long e (ee) has become shortened to i. The same change occurs in breeches, and in the American pronunciation of been, with no change in spelling. [Century Dictionary]
The word's considerable sense development moved from "happy" to "blessed" to "pious," to "innocent" (c.1200), to "harmless," to "pitiable" (late 13c.), "weak" (c.1300), to "feeble in mind, lacking in reason, foolish" (1570s). Further tendency toward "stunned, dazed as by a blow" (1886) in knocked silly, etc. Silly season in journalism slang is from 1861 (August and September, when newspapers compensate for a lack of hard news by filling up with trivial stories). Silly Putty trademark claims use from July 1949.