Definitions for: Silly

[n] a word used for misbehaving children; "don't be a silly"
[adj] (informal) dazed from or as if from repeated blows; "knocked silly by the impact"; "slaphappy with exhaustion"
[adj] inspiring scornful pity; "how silly an ardent and unsuccessful wooer can be especially if he is getting on in years"- Dashiell Hammett
[adj] lacking seriousness; given to frivolity; "a dizzy blonde"; "light-headed teenagers"; "silly giggles"
[adj] (informal terms) "gave me a cockamamie reason for not going"; "wore a goofy hat"; "a silly idea"; "some wacky plan for selling more books"

Webster (1913) Definition: Sil"ly, a. [Compar. Sillier; superl. Silliest.] [OE.
seely, sely, AS. s?lig, ges?lig, happy, good, fr. s?l, s?l,
good, happy, s?l good fortune, happines; akin to OS.
s[=a]lig, a, good, happy, D. zalig blessed, G. selig, OHG.
s[=a]l[=i]g, Icel. s?l, Sw. s["a]ll, Dan. salig, Goth. s?ls
good, kind, and perh. also to L. sollus whole, entire, Gr.
???, Skr. sarva. Cf. Seel, n.]
1. Happy; fortunate; blessed. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

2. Harmless; innocent; inoffensive. [Obs.] ``This silly,
innocent Custance.'' --Chaucer.

The silly virgin strove him to withstand. --Spenser.

A silly, innocent hare murdered of a dog. --Robynson

3. Weak; helpless; frail. [Obs.]

After long storms . . . With which my silly bark was
tossed sore. --Spenser.

The silly buckets on the deck. --Coleridge.

4. Rustic; plain; simple; humble. [Obs.]

A fourth man, in a sillyhabit. --Shak.

All that did their silly thoughts so busy keep.

5. Weak in intellect; destitute of ordinary strength of mind;
foolish; witless; simple; as, a silly woman.

6. Proceeding from want of understanding or common judgment;
characterized by weakness or folly; unwise; absurd;
stupid; as, silly conduct; a silly question.

Syn: Simple; brainless; witless; shallow; foolish; unwise;
indiscreet. See Simple.

Synonyms: airheaded, cockamamie, cockamamy, confused, dizzy, empty-headed, featherbrained, fool(a), foolish, frivolous, giddy, goofy, lightheaded, light-headed, pathetic, punch-drunk, ridiculous, sappy, slaphappy, undignified, unreasonable, wacky, whacky, zany

See Also: child, fry, kid, minor, nestling, nipper, shaver, small fry, tiddler, tike, tyke, youngster

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