- weak-minded or lacking good sense; stupid or foolish: a silly writer.
- absurd; ridiculous; irrational: a silly idea.
- stunned; dazed: He knocked me silly.
- Cricket. (of a fielder or the fielder's playing position) extremely close to the batsman's wicket: silly mid off.
- Archaic. rustic; plain; homely.
- Archaic. weak; helpless.
- Obsolete. lowly in rank or state; humble.
- Informal. a silly or foolish person: Don't be such a silly.
Origin of silly
Synonyms for silly
Antonyms for silly
Related Words for silliestcrazy, stupid, inappropriate, simple, nonsensical, childish, ludicrous, idiotic, preposterous, ridiculous, pointless, irresponsible, frivolous, irrational, empty, asinine, balmy, brainless, dizzy, empty-headed
Examples from the Web for silliest
Contemporary Examples of silliest
From dog CPR to ‘thirsty’ grass, watch the silliest summer segments from across the nation.7 Silliest Summer TV News Segments
Natasha Bach, Sara Bower, Samantha Guff
July 4, 2013
People are standing, many of them masked in the silliest outfits.‘Stupid Enough to Pay’: Tim Parks’s Italian Rail Adventures
June 23, 2013
Historical Examples of silliest
It is the falsehood of the silliest poetry to say he defies the image of his beloved.Weighed and Wanting
Emily, I guess you think I'm the silliest old coward that ever was.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
And I, the son of my father, have been caught too, like the silliest fish of them all.Victory
The quarrel may have been about the silliest trifle imaginable.All Roads Lead to Calvary
Jerome K. Jerome
“I think it is the silliest thing I ever heard of,” said Kitty frankly.The Cheerful Smugglers
Ellis Parker Butler
- lacking in good sense; absurd
- frivolous, trivial, or superficial
- dazed, as from a blow
- obsolete homely or humble
- (modifier) cricket (of a fielding position) near the batsman's wicketsilly mid-on
- Also called: silly-billy plural -lies informal a foolish person
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.