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 silly
It is loathed by some critics who find it patronizing, silly, and superficial.'The Newsroom' Ended As It Began: Weird, Controversial, and Noble|Kevin Fallon|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was sexy, silly, and—in those relatively modest times—sensational.Happy 20th Birthday, Liz Hurley’s Safety-Pin Dress|Tim Teeman|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Few questions, no matter how fun and silly, go by without circling back to their accomplishments or future projects.How the Property Brothers Became Your Mom’s Favorite TV Stars|Kevin Fallon|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The 1996 filing (which you can check out here) was, naturally, as silly and frivolous as the boycott push that came before it.When the Religious Right Attacked ‘The Little Mermaid’|Asawin Suebsaeng|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The other one is silly and perhaps because of that even more cringe-worthy.
In the same way Mr. Philip can blether to his silly heart's content and he'll never prove that I'm a bold girl.The Judge|Rebecca West
There are some in the house and neighbourhood who are silly enough as it is.A Book of Ghosts|Sabine Baring-Gould
Josh saw them starting toward him as if under the impression that he would be silly enough to await their coming.The Big Five Motorcycle Boys on the Battle Line|Ralph Marlow
Graham promptly answered: "Yes, silly—she'll wear goatskin—and she'll yodel."Highacres|Jane Abbott
It will depend on whether my silly husband wants to stay with his wretch of a baby.Alice Sit-By-The-Fire|J. M. Barrie
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.