adjective (sillier, silliest)
- 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.
- Brainball may seem like a ridiculously silly game, but it demonstrates how a machine can know something about your emotional state.
- It's a deeply silly and trivial entertainment cheerfully devoid of any nutritional or calorific value whatever.
- Ack, it sounds so silly and trivial now, but I was literally shaking with rage at the time.
- In many of the tales the fairies are tiny, silly, helpless creatures.
- She is silly, helpless, Irish, very poor, and 28 years of age.
noun (plural sillies)informal Back to top
- 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.
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'.
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.
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- 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.
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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?