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silly

[ sil-ee ]
/ ˈsɪl i /
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adjective, sil·li·er, sil·li·est.

noun, plural sil·lies.

Informal. a silly or foolish person: Don't be such a silly.

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stupidity, absurdity, foolishness, craziness, goofiness, ineptitude, senselessness, inanity, puerility

Nearby words

sillimanite, silliness, sillitoe, sills, sills, beverly, silly, silly billy, silly putty, silly season, silly-sider, sillyweed

Origin of silly

1375–1425; earlier sylie, sillie foolish, feeble-minded, simple, pitiful; late Middle English syly, variant of sely seely
SYNONYMS FOR silly
1 witless, senseless, dull-witted, dim-witted. See foolish.
2 inane, asinine, nonsensical, preposterous.
Related formssil·li·ly, adverbsil·li·ness, nounun·sil·ly, adjective
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silly

/ (ˈsɪlɪ) /

adjective -lier or -liest

noun

(modifier) cricket (of a fielding position) near the batsman's wicketsilly mid-on
Also called: silly-billy plural -lies informal a foolish person
Derived Formssilliness, noun

Word Origin for silly

C15 (in the sense: pitiable, hence the later senses: foolish): from Old English sǣlig (unattested) happy, from sǣl happiness; related to Gothic sēls good
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