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sil·ly

silly

 
 
pronunciation:
sI li
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: sillier, silliest
definition 1: without good sense; foolish.
He was silly enough to look in the refrigerator for his hat.Silly ideas sometimes turn out to be good ideas.
synonyms:
dumb, foolish
antonyms:
sensible
similar words:
crazy, dizzy, ridiculous, stupid
definition 2: not serious or making logical sense.
The baby loves it when her dad makes silly faces.The children love to sing silly songs.
synonyms:
crazy, frivolous, giddy
similar words:
absurd, dizzy, ridiculous
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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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