AskDefine | Define silly

Dictionary Definition

silly adj
1 pungent adjectives of disesteem; "gave me a cockamamie reason for not going"; "wore a goofy hat"; "a silly idea"; "some wacky plan for selling more books" [syn: cockamamie, cockamamy, goofy, sappy, wacky, whacky, zany, unreasonable]
2 lacking seriousness; given to frivolity; "a dizzy blonde"; "light-headed teenagers"; "silly giggles" [syn: airheaded, dizzy, empty-headed, featherbrained, giddy, light-headed, lightheaded]
3 inspiring scornful pity; "how silly an ardent and unsuccessful wooer can be especially if he is getting on in years"- Dashiell Hammett [syn: pathetic, ridiculous]
4 dazed from or as if from repeated blows; "knocked silly by the impact"; "slaphappy with exhaustion" [syn: punch-drunk, slaphappy] n : a word used for misbehaving children; "don't be a silly" [also: silliest, sillier]

User Contributed Dictionary



Phonetic variant of seely.


  • /'/
  • /'sIlI/


  1. foolish, showing a lack of good sense and wisdom.
    I made a very silly mistake.
  2. irresponsible, showing irresponsible behaviors.
    What a silly kid, he's always getting in trouble.
  3. playful, giggly.
    The newlyweds called each other silly little nicknames.
  4. half-conscious.
    The impact of the ball knocked him silly.
  5. of a fielding position, very close to the batsman; closer than short
  6. simple, not intelligent, refined.
    John was prosperous and his helpless, silly father could be of no use to him.


foolish, showing a lack of good sense and wisdom
  • Finnish: typerä, hölmö
  • Hebrew: ,
  • Japanese: 馬鹿げた
  • Russian: глупый
irresponsible, showing irresponsible behaviors
playful, giggly
  • Finnish: hassu
  • German: albern
  • Japanese: つまらない
  • Russian: глупышка
  • Finnish: sekava
cricket: of a fielding position, very close to the batsman; closer than short
pejorative: simple, not intelligent, refined
  • Finnish: yksinkertainen, hölmö
  • Japanese: 馬鹿な, 阿呆な, 愚鈍な

Extensive Definition

Silly, in addition to its dictionary definitions, may refer to:
silly in German: Silly
silly in French: Silly

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