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 silliness
Yesterday, I wrote about the silliness of requiring a file clerk to have a college degree.
People are hurting, people died, and the time for silliness, debate, and procedural motions is over.Jim McGreevey Says He’s Given Up Politics, Embraced a Simpler Life|Lloyd Grove|January 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Never mind that Bill Clinton remains living proof of the silliness of modern puritanism.
I could provide chapter and verse as to the silliness of energy independence.
“I think the silliness is part of the phenomenon,” Sokoloff tells The Daily Beast.‘Sherlock’ Star Benedict Cumberbatch’s Polarizing ‘Cumberbitches’|Kevin Fallon|October 25, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Nothing—no pertness, no audacity, no silliness, no affectation—could impair the extraordinary charm.Leonora|Arnold Bennett
What are all these receptions but one maze of dissipation, where everybody seems to outdo the other in silliness?By Force of Impulse|Harry V. Vogt
If you insist on making women ignorant and silly, be sure their ignorance and silliness will crop out.A New Atmosphere|Gail Hamilton
Why, there ain't anything else in all this big world that anywhere near comes up to it for silliness.Three People|Pansy
You aint so unprofessional as to remember all that silliness against me, are you?
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.