Definition of silly in English:

silly

Syllabification: sil·ly
Pronunciation: /ˈsilē
 
/

adjective (sillier, silliest)

noun (plural sillies)

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  • A foolish person (often used as a form of address): Come on, silly
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    • Quit interrupting the news bulletin in that infuriating manner when you don't actually have any results at all to hand, sillies.
    • Then he says huitlacoche is corn fungus, not a nervous breakdown, sillies.
    • Apparently, 1/3 of American men have not had a checkup in the past year, you sillies.

Phrases

the silly season

High summer, regarded as the season when newspapers often publish trivial material because of a lack of important news.
More example sentences
  • It's summer, the silly season in the news business.
  • Still, it's not all bad: lack of news brings us the silly season.
  • ‘It has been a bit back to the old days this summer when the silly season really meant the silly season,’ he says.

Derivatives

sillily

Pronunciation: /ˈsiləlē/
adverb
More example sentences
  • The custom involved a group ‘simply or sillily and without ceremony or introduction’ walking into people's houses to check if the clock was in good repair.
  • I then realised I actually quite like the police station, with its spiralling steps, and bizarre platforms on sillily long stilts.
  • They were rather sillily teaching them how to do it for each other.

silliness

noun
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  • Anyway, it's boringly easy to list the sillinesses of this idea.
  • That the president of failing company would be driven to utter such silliness is of course nothing new.
  • Does that mean they are ‘breaking the rules’ by mixing agendas, silliness and seriousness?

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'deserving of pity or sympathy'): alteration of dialect seely 'happy', later 'innocent, feeble', from a West Germanic base meaning 'luck, happiness.' The sense 'foolish' developed via the stages 'feeble' and 'unsophisticated, ignorant'.

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