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adjective silly pronunciation in British English /ˈsɪli/
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  1. 1
    showing that you are not intelligent, not serious, not thinking carefully etc

    a silly mistake

    It sounds a bit silly to me.

    1. a.
      used for saying you think something or someone is not sensible or does not deserve any respect

      You silly boy, you put your shirt on backwards.

      I look pretty silly in this dress.

  2. 2
    not serious, important, or practical

    Don’t get upset over silly things that people say.

    They made us sit on these silly little chairs.

  3. 3
    unsuitable and annoying, especially because it makes you seem stupid or like a child

    a silly game

    a silly hat

    Stop acting silly!

  4. 4
    in a state when you are not able to do anything sensible

    Morris laughed himself silly.

    She was scared silly.

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noun [uncountable]


a title used before a man or woman's name as a gender-neutral alternative to Mr, Ms, etc

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another way of saying congratulations, or that something/someone looks nice or fascinating

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