silly season



a time of year, usually in midsummer or during a holiday period, characterized by exaggerated news stories, frivolous entertainments, outlandish publicity stunts, etc.: The new movie reminds us that the silly season is here.

Origin of silly season

First recorded in 1870–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for silly season

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Historical Examples of silly season

  • Now, is it only a 'silly-season' cry, this grievance about no houses, or is it true?

    The Brightener

    C. N. Williamson

  • This looks like the subject of a silly-season correspondence in The Daily Telegraph.

British Dictionary definitions for silly season

silly season


British a period, usually during the hot summer months, when journalists fill space reporting on frivolous events and activities
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