Adjective "Silly" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/ˈsɪli/

Definitions and examples

adjective

Having or showing a lack of common sense or judgement; absurd and foolish.
  1. '‘Don't be silly!’ she said'
  2. 'The bombast, condescension, arrogance and swagger all seems slightly silly in retrospect.'
  3. 'It's a very bold move, and some would suggest a slightly silly one.'
  4. 'So it was a history of Britain with lots of silly jokes.'
  5. 'Obviously this is silly and common sense must prevail, so it is the interpretation of the law that becomes all-important, but it is in this interpretation where we have the inconsistency.'
  6. 'There's a skinny, floppy-haired scamp on stage wearing a slightly silly outfit.'
  7. 'I had assumed that everyone (and Jessica in particular) would understand my comment as a silly joke.'
  8. 'What I can't understand is why we just can't leave people to live their lives in peace, unscathed by our silly, ridiculous prejudices.'
  9. 'The cartoons inject humour, while the writing is crystal-clear and direct - it never relies on silly jokes and is never patronising.'
  10. 'A seriously slight but enjoyably silly teen hit manages to deliver a healthy second dose of college chuckles - without changing a thing.'
  11. 'I don't have any obvious answers to this riddle - or at least, none that aren't wearing silly tinfoil hats.'
  12. 'Ack, it sounds so silly and trivial now, but I was literally shaking with rage at the time.'
  13. 'He did not want her to make his feelings sound silly and ridiculous, even if her intentions were good.'
  14. 'Be clear that your child should tell you straight away if anything unusual or frightening has happened, even if it seems silly or trivial to him and especially if he's been told not to tell.'
  15. 'The experiments were trivial, downright silly you may say, but the theoretical implications may be profound.'
  16. 'For decades, petty rules, silly laws and frivolous lawsuits held no power over Common Sense.'
  17. 'For the next hour or two, they engage in serious debate, silly gossip or frivolous prattle.'
  18. 'Brainball may seem like a ridiculously silly game, but it demonstrates how a machine can know something about your emotional state.'
  19. 'None of these cost much or had much relevance but collectively, in a period where morale was weak, they were silly, petty little annoyances that were easy to avoid.'
  20. 'A variation of 0.2 degrees seems trivial and almost silly to worry about.'
  21. 'After reading these… my explanation seems silly and trivial.'
  22. 'he often drank himself silly'
  23. 'But she still worried herself silly every time a visit was coming up.'
(especially of a woman, child, or animal) helpless; defenceless.
  1. 'She is silly, helpless, Irish, very poor, and 28 years of age.'
Denoting fielding positions very close to the batsman.
  1. 'Illingworth was content with two short legs, silly mid-on, slip and gulley as he wheeled away for less than one run an over.'
  2. 'Soon after, he played a sharply rising ball as well as he could, off his ribs almost, and watched, relieved as it fell just short of silly mid-off.'
  3. 'Ian Bell, surrounded by a slip, gully, short leg and captain Ricky Ponting at silly mid-off, became Warne's second lbw victim for eight.'

noun

A foolish person (often used as a form of address)
  1. 'Apparently, 1/3 of American men have not had a checkup in the past year, you sillies.'
  2. 'Then he says huitlacoche is corn fungus, not a nervous breakdown, sillies.'

Definitions

1. weak-minded or lacking good sense; stupid or foolish: a silly writer.

2. absurd; ridiculous; irrational: a silly idea.

3. stunned; dazed: He knocked me silly.

4. Cricket. (of a fielder or the fielder's playing position) extremely close to the batsman's wicket: silly mid off.

5. Archaic. rustic; plain; homely.

6. Archaic. weak; helpless.

7. Obsolete. lowly in rank or state; humble. noun, plural sillies.

8. Informal. a silly or foolish perso

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be silly with foods."

"people can be silly in things."

"people can be silly in/at/on ways."

"people can be silly in/at/on sames."

"people can be silly in/at/on days."

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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘deserving of pity or sympathy’): alteration of dialect seely ‘happy’, later ‘innocent, feeble’, from a West Germanic base meaning ‘luck, happiness’. The sense ‘foolish’ developed via the stages ‘feeble’ and ‘unsophisticated, ignorant’.

Phrase

the silly season