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Meaning & Definition of Silly in English

English

Silly

/sɪli/

noun

1. A word used for misbehaving children

  • "Don't be a silly"
    synonym:
  • silly

adjective

1. Ludicrous, foolish

  • "Gave me a cockamamie reason for not going"
  • "Wore a goofy hat"
  • "A silly idea"
  • "Some wacky plan for selling more books"
    synonym:
  • cockamamie
  • ,
  • cockamamy
  • ,
  • goofy
  • ,
  • sappy
  • ,
  • silly
  • ,
  • wacky
  • ,
  • whacky
  • ,
  • zany

2. Lacking seriousness

  • Given to frivolity
  • "A dizzy blonde"
  • "Light-headed teenagers"
  • "Silly giggles"
    synonym:
  • airheaded
  • ,
  • dizzy
  • ,
  • empty-headed
  • ,
  • featherbrained
  • ,
  • giddy
  • ,
  • light-headed
  • ,
  • lightheaded
  • ,
  • silly

3. Inspiring scornful pity

  • "How silly an ardent and unsuccessful wooer can be especially if he is getting on in years"- dashiell hammett
    synonym:
  • pathetic
  • ,
  • ridiculous
  • ,
  • silly

4. Dazed from or as if from repeated blows

  • "Knocked silly by the impact"
  • "Slaphappy with exhaustion"
    synonym:
  • punch-drunk
  • ,
  • silly
  • ,
  • slaphappy

Examples of using

That would be silly.
Do you think I'm silly?
Your hat looks silly.