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silly

sil·ly

silly

 
pronunciation:
sI li
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: sillier, silliest
definition 1: lacking good sense; foolish.
a silly person
synonyms:
daft, dumb, empty-headed, foolish, idiotic, senseless, witless
antonyms:
sensible
similar words:
asinine, crazy, dizzy, flighty, fool, imbecile, imprudent, inept, mindless, puerile, ridiculous, stupid
definition 2: not serious or rational; frivolous.
a silly notion
synonyms:
frivolous, giddy, inane, nonsensical
antonyms:
important, staid
similar words:
absurd, cockamamie, crackbrained, dizzy, flighty, goofy, loony, preposterous, ridiculous
definition 3: (informal) dazed.
The blow knocked him silly.
synonyms:
dazed, stunned
similar words:
dizzy, stupid
derivations: sillily (adv.), silliness (n.)
Word History
The meaning of silly has changed many times over the centuries. In the 1200s, it meant "happy, fortunate, or holy." It then came to mean "innocent," and then "helpless or weak." By the 1500s, it was used to mean "simple, ignorant, or foolish."
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