[ UK /sˈɪli/ ]
[ US /ˈsɪɫi/ ]
  1. ludicrous, foolish
    some wacky plan for selling more books
    wore a goofy hat
    a silly idea
  2. inspiring scornful pity
    how silly an ardent and unsuccessful wooer can be especially if he is getting on in years
  3. lacking seriousness; given to frivolity
    silly giggles
    light-headed teenagers
    a dizzy blonde
  4. dazed from or as if from repeated blows
    knocked silly by the impact
    punch-drunk with love
    slaphappy with exhaustion
  1. a word used for misbehaving children
    don't be a silly
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How To Use silly In A Sentence

  • Du fwhat we cud, we cud not make some av th 'silly fules kape back clear av th' danger-zone -- wimmin an 'all, bedad! The Luck of the Mounted A Tale of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police
  • She plays Silly, a Nova Scotian seasprite of girl who is the subject of a marine tragedy of, er, Titanic proportions.
  • They're so silly, and they tattle.
  • knocked silly by the impact
  • he had heard some silly doggerel that kept running through his mind
  • Perhaps if he hadn't looked so unwontedly silly, then he would have been able to keep it down, but instead he snorted.
  • We were all bored silly by the play.
  • She was not going to be fooled by their silly voices and accents.
  • Now you could dismiss this as "silly season" rumor-mongering, because Dougherty ran as a Democrat and Brewer is a Republican. Francine Hardaway: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Too Sick to Complete a Second Term?
  • It is a silly idea and he has botched it.
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