silly - definition and synonyms

 
 
adjective 

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/ˈsɪli/
adjectivesilly
comparativesillier
superlativesilliest
  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.

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  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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derived word

silliness

noun [uncountable]