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I know it may sound silly, but I think my short stories have a life and identity of their own. They crop up in all sorts of places.
Morley Callaghan

Meaning of "silly" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD SILLY

(Pitiable, hence the later senses: foolish): from Old English sǣlig (unattested) happy, from sǣl happiness; related to Gothic sēls good.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF SILLY

silly  [ˈsɪlɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF SILLY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Silly can act as a noun and an adjective.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES SILLY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Silly

Silly may refer to: ▪ Silliness, a funny or ludicrous behavior ▪ Stupidity, particularly in comedy...

Definition of silly in the English dictionary

The first definition of silly in the dictionary is lacking in good sense; absurd. Other definition of silly is frivolous, trivial, or superficial. Silly is also feeble-minded.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH SILLY


classily
ˈklɑːsɪlɪ
crusily
ˈkruːsɪlɪ
fancily
ˈfænsɪlɪ
fleecily
ˈfliːsɪlɪ
fussily
ˈfʌsɪlɪ
glassily
ˈɡlɑːsɪlɪ
glossily
ˈɡlɒsɪlɪ
horsily
ˈhɔːsɪlɪ
icily
ˈaɪsɪlɪ
juicily
ˈdʒuːsɪlɪ
lacily
ˈlaɪsɪlɪ
messily
ˈmesɪlɪ
mussily
ˈmʌsɪlɪ
racily
ˈreɪsɪlɪ
sassily
ˈsæsɪlɪ
saucily
ˈsɔːsɪlɪ
sexily
ˈsɛksɪlɪ
Sicily
ˈsɪsɪlɪ
spicily
ˈspaɪsɪlɪ
tossily
ˈtɒsɪlɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE SILLY

sill
sillabub
silladar
siller
sillibub
sillier
sillies
silliest
sillily
sillimanite
silliness
Sillitoe
sillock
Sills
silly money
silly season
silly-billy
silo

WORDS THAT END LIKE SILLY

Bareilly
billy
Caerphilly
Chantilly
chilly
dilly
filly
frilly
gilly
hillbilly
hilly
Piccadilly
psychobilly
rockabilly
shrilly
stilly
Tilly
tranquilly
twilly
willy

Synonyms and antonyms of silly in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «SILLY»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «silly» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of silly

Translation of «silly» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF SILLY

Find out the translation of silly to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of silly from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «silly» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

愚蠢的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

tonto
570 millions of speakers

English

silly
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

मूर्ख
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

أَبْلَه
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

глупый
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

bobo
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

নিরীহ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

bête
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Bodoh
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

albern
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

愚かな
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

어리석은
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Silly
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

ngớ ngẩn
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

வேடிக்கையான
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

मूर्ख
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

saçma
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

sciocco
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

głupi
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

дурний
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

neghiob
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

χαζός
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

dom
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

fånig
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

tøysete
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of silly

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «SILLY»

The term «silly» is very widely used and occupies the 8.279 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «SILLY» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «silly» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «silly» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about silly

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10 QUOTES WITH «SILLY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word silly.
1
Bill Ackman
Investing is a business where you can look very silly for a long period of time before you are proven right.
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Scott Adams
The best things in life are silly.
3
Hank Azaria
Being funny with a funny voice is more my comfort zone, a broader character that I try to humanize, a kind of silly or wacky persona that I try to fill in.
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P. T. Barnum
Witchcraft is one of the most baseless, absurd, disgusting and silly of all the humbugs.
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Andre Benjamin
I had six silly tattoos done when I was young and I bitterly regret them. I've thought about laser surgery, but that leaves a scar, so I'm just leaving them.
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Alain de Botton
It's very hard to respect people on holiday - everybody looks so silly at the beach, it makes you hate humanity - but when you see people at their work they elicit respect, whether it's a mechanic, a stonemason or an accountant.
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Alison Brie
I think that a big part of comedy is being made fun of, and it is looking silly or looking stupid.
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Iain De Caestecker
When I was younger, me and my brother got a video camera, and he used to direct and I used to act. We used to make these silly, stupid short films, which, looking back now, were probably horrible.
9
Taylor Caldwell
Those who claim to have had happy lives seem to be silly fools.
10
Morley Callaghan
I know it may sound silly, but I think my short stories have a life and identity of their own. They crop up in all sorts of places.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «SILLY»

Discover the use of silly in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to silly and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Silly Book
A collection of silliness, both verbal and visual.
‎2010
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Silly Milly
Invites the reader to solve the riddle of why Silly Milly likes certain things and dislikes others.
Wendy Cheyette Lewison, 2010
3
Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day
Jamie Lee Curtis's zany and touching verse, paired with Laura Cornell's whimsical and original illustrations, helps kids explore, identify, and, even have fun with their ever-changing moods.
Jamie Lee Curtis, 1998
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Silly Pig
When silly pig thinks he's old enough to leave home, he tries out different things like digging, driving, and dancing.
Margot Linn, 2005
5
Not So Silly Sausage
These include humorous stories, fantasy stories, rhyming stories and stories from a range of cultures, accompanied by colour pictures.
Stella Gurney, Liz Million, 2005
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Silly Sally
A rhyming story of Silly Sally, who is joined by various animals as she travels to town--backwards and upside down.
Audrey Wood, 2007
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Silly Tilly
Tilly is not an ordinary goose
Eileen Spinelli, 2009
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Silly Simon: A Silly Sandwich Story
This is an eLIVE book. Each printed copy contains a special code redeemable for the free download of the audio version of the book.
Shirley M. Gebert, 2009
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Walt Disney's Silly symphonies: a companion to the Classic ...
Silly Symphonies won every Academy Award presented to animation shorts throughout the 1930s.From the authors of the prize-winning Walt in Wonderland: The Silent Films of Walt Disney, this richly illustrated volume is a complete history of ...
Russell Merritt, J. B. Kaufman, Cineteca del Friuli, 2006
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It's Silly Time
Presents an illustrated song in which children enjoy being silly, with an accompanying audio CD including fourteen additional silly children's songs.
Twin Sisters Productions, 2012

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «SILLY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term silly is used in the context of the following news items.
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Kent Bush: Trump phenomenon is nothing new in political silly season
In presidential politics, the silly season comes before the real competition. Everyone is making a big deal about Donald Trump leading the pack of 16 ... «Wicked Local Ipswich, Jul 15»
2
Formula One's 'silly season' moves into overdrive
LONDON Sizzling temperatures are forecast for next week's Hungarian Grand Prix, the halfway point in the season, and Formula One's 'silly season' of rumour ... «Reuters UK, Jul 15»
3
Ian McKellen calls 'Superman' franchise 'a joke,' James Bond a 'silly
"That's James Bond: 'Shaken, not stirred', silly, stupid, British twit... and then, Action Man! But X-Men is about the problems of being a mutant. And we've all felt ... «Toronto Sun, Jul 15»
4
Ben Stokes Hits Out at 'Silly' Australian Mind Games
England all-rounder Ben Stokes labelled Australia's attempts to put him off his game as "pretty silly" and claimed the Cardiff Test was "revenge" for the 5-0 ... «NDTVSports.com, Jul 15»
5
Law minister Gowda calls Vyapam scam 'silly issue', later retracts
Union minister for law and justice DV Sadananda Gowda on Tuesday created a storm by calling the Vyapam scam a "silly issue on which the Prime Minister ... «Hindustan Times, Jul 15»
6
'I don't want to be the silly one in Strictly Come Dancing' says Alan …
TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh has said that he would love to join Strictly Come Dancing next year – but he does not want to take the role of the “silly one”. «Western Morning News, Jun 15»
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I was called silly for doing Fashion: Priyanka Chopra
With the success of content-driven films led by women like Anushka Sharma and Kangana Ranaut, one lady who is sitting back and smiling is Priyanka Chopra, ... «Hindustan Times, May 15»
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Calgary-Bow MLA-designate Deborah Drever says photos are "silly
Questionable photos plucked from a newly-minted MLA's social media accounts are being dismissed as “silly” bullying attempts. Going viral the morning after the ... «Calgary Sun, May 15»
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Dakota Fanning is silly in private
Dakota Fanning ''likes to be silly'' in private, but believes she hasn't gone off the rails like some of her Hollywood peers because she is very serious about her ... «TV3.ie, Apr 15»
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Hannah Davis calls the Sports Illustrated backlash 'silly'
“There's controversy every year, so I think it's kind of just silly that they're making it out to be the big thing; I mean it's the swimsuit issue,” Davis said. “There are ... «Page Six, Feb 15»

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