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SILLY (sillier, silliest)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does silly mean? 

SILLY (noun)
  The noun SILLY has 1 sense:

1. a word used for misbehaving children

  Familiarity information: SILLY used as a noun is very rare.


SILLY (adjective)
  The adjective SILLY has 4 senses:

1. ludicrous, foolish
2. lacking seriousness; given to frivolity
3. inspiring scornful pity
4. dazed from or as if from repeated blows

  Familiarity information: SILLY used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SILLY (noun)


Sense 1silly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A word used for misbehaving children

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Context example:

don't be a silly

Hypernyms ("silly" is a kind of...):

child; fry; kid; minor; nestling; nipper; shaver; small fry; tiddler; tike; tyke; youngster (a young person of either sex)


SILLY (adjective)


Sense 1silly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Ludicrous, foolish

Synonyms:

whacky; wacky; silly; sappy; goofy; cockamamy; cockamamie; zany

Context examples:

gave me a cockamamie reason for not going / wore a goofy hat / a silly idea / some wacky plan for selling more books

Similar:

foolish (devoid of good sense or judgment)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)


Sense 2silly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking seriousness; given to frivolity

Synonyms:

airheaded; empty-headed; featherbrained; silly; lightheaded; light-headed; giddy; dizzy

Context examples:

a dizzy blonde / light-headed teenagers / silly giggles

Similar:

frivolous (not serious in content or attitude or behavior)


Sense 3silly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Inspiring scornful pity

Synonyms:

ridiculous; silly; pathetic

Context example:

how silly an ardent and unsuccessful wooer can be especially if he is getting on in years

Similar:

undignified (lacking dignity)


Sense 4silly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Dazed from or as if from repeated blows

Synonyms:

punch-drunk; slaphappy; silly

Context examples:

knocked silly by the impact / slaphappy with exhaustion

Similar:

confused (mentally confused; unable to think with clarity or act intelligently)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)


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