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|part of speech:
||without good sense or without serious meaning.
Don't waste your time on those silly ideas.The children loved those silly stories.
- dumb, foolish
- similar words:
||sillily (adv.), silliness (n.)
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."