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American English: /ˈsɪli/
British English: /ˈsɪli/

Translation of silly in Spanish:

adjective -lier, -liest

  • 1 (foolish)
    you silly fool!
    you silly girl!
    that was a very silly thing to say/do
    lo que dijiste/hiciste fue una tontería
    they were silly (little) mistakes
    eran errores muy tontos
    don't do anything silly while Daddy's out
    no hagas tonterías mientras papá no está
    I felt a bit silly when she told me who she was
    me sentí de lo más tonto cuando me dijo quién era
    you look silly in that hat!
    ¡estás ridícula con ese sombrero!
    to make somebody look silly
    dejar en ridículo a alguien
    how silly of me to forget!
    ¡qué tonta soy! ¿cómo me pude olvidar?
    silly me! [colloquial]
    ¡si seré tonto!
    ¡cómo soy menso! (Mexico) [colloquial]
    the silly season (Journalism)
    (período del verano en que los periódicos, al no haber actividad política, llenan sus páginas de noticias triviales)
    Example sentences
    • It was silly, extremely foolish and childish of me.
    • Yes, it is all a bit familiar - but, sadly, nowhere near as delightfully absurd and unrepentantly silly as the Ghostbusters movies.
    • We are frail, we are human, we make mistakes, we do foolish things, silly things.
  • 2 (out of one's senses) [colloquial] (after noun) to scare somebody silly
    darle un susto de muerte a alguien
    the blow knocked me silly
    el golpe me dejó atontado or alelado
    I drank myself silly
    me agarré una borrachera de padre y señor mío [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • But she still worried herself silly every time a visit was coming up.
    • He drank himself silly and had to take a cab home.

noun silly-billy Pronunciation: / ˌsɪliˈbɪli / plural -lies

  • (British English) [colloquial]
    bobo, (-ba) (masculine, feminine) [colloquial]
    tonto, (-ta) (masculine, feminine)
    Example sentences
    • 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.

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