silly

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj silly dazed from or as if from repeated blows "knocked silly by the impact","slaphappy with exhaustion"
    • adj silly inspiring scornful pity "how silly an ardent and unsuccessful wooer can be especially if he is getting on in years"- Dashiell Hammett"
    • adj silly lacking seriousness; given to frivolity "a dizzy blonde","light-headed teenagers","silly giggles"
    • adj silly ludicrous, foolish "gave me a cockamamie reason for not going","wore a goofy hat","a silly idea","some wacky plan for selling more books"
    • n silly a word used for misbehaving children "don't be a silly"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The two top toys in 1950 were Silly Putty which sold for $1, and Crayola crayons which sold for 50 cents
    • Silly Happy; fortunate; blessed.
    • Silly Harmless; innocent; inoffensive. "This silly , innocent Custance.""The silly virgin strove him to withstand.""A silly , innocent hare murdered of a dog."
    • Silly Proceeding from want of understanding or common judgment; characterized by weakness or folly; unwise; absurd; stupid; as, silly conduct; a silly question.
    • Silly Rustic; plain; simple; humble. "A fourth man, in a silly habit.""All that did their silly thoughts so busy keep."
    • Silly Weak in intellect; destitute of ordinary strength of mind; foolish; witless; simple; as, a silly woman.
    • Silly Weak; helpless; frail. "After long storms . . . With which my silly bark was tossed sore.""The silly buckets on the deck."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Since 1950, over 230 million eggs of Silly Putty have been sold
    • silly Happy; fortunate; blessed.
    • silly Plain; simple; rustic; rude.
    • silly Simple-hearted; guileless; ingenuous; innocent.
    • silly Weak; impotent; helpless; frail.
    • silly Foolish, as a term of pity; deficient in understanding; weak-minded; witless; simple.
    • silly Foolish, as an epithet of contempt; characterized by weakness or folly; manifesting want of judgment or common sense; stupid or unwise: as, a silly coxcomb; a silly book; silly conduct.
    • silly Fatuous; imbecile; mentally weak to the verge of idiocy.
    • silly Weak in body: not in good health; sickly; weakly.
    • silly Synonyms Dull, etc. see simple.
    • silly Absurd, Silly, Foolish, etc. See a bsurd.
    • n silly A silly person: as, what a silly you are!
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Silly sil′i simple: harmless: foolish: witless: imprudent: absurd: stupid
    • n Silly a silly person
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Quotations

  • Elizabeth Arden
    Elizabeth Arden
    “I'm not interested in age. People who tell me their age are silly. You're as old as you feel.”
  • Elizabeth Gaskell
    Elizabeth Gaskell
    “Madam your wife and I didn't hit it off the only time I ever saw her. I won't say she was silly, but I think one of us was silly, and it wasn't me.”
  • Andre Gide
    Andre%20Gide
    “Nothing is so silly as the expression of a man who is being complimented.”
  • Zsa Zsa Gabor
    Zsa Zsa Gabor
    “Getting divorced just because you don't love a man is almost as silly as getting married just because you do.”
  • Horace
    Horace
    “Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.”
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein
    Ludwig%20Wittgenstein
    “Never stay up on the barren heights of cleverness, but come down into the green valleys of silliness.”

Idioms

Silly season - The silly season is midsummer when Parliament is closed and nothing much is happening that is newsworthy, which reduces the press to reporting trivial and stupid stories.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. seely, sely, AS. slig, geslig, happy, good, fr. sl, sl, good, happy, sl, good fortune, happines; akin to OS. sālig, a, good, happy, D. zalig, blessed, G. selig, OHG. sālīg, Icel. sl, Sw. säll, Dan. salig, Goth. sls, good, kind, and perh. also to L. sollus, whole, entire, Gr. , Skr. sarva,. Cf. Seel (n.)

Usage

In literature:

We both were rather silly, if it is silly to be madly, wildly happy, and oblivious of everything else.
"Red Hair" by Elinor Glyn
Duane called you a silly name.
"The Danger Mark" by Robert W. Chambers
It seemed kind of silly to lose my rights after all that.
"The Land of Promise" by D. Torbett
The Misses Avery considered Prudence herself rather a sweet, silly little thing.
"Prudence of the Parsonage" by Ethel Hueston
David's so silly, Mrs. Sater.
"Sunny Slopes" by Ethel Hueston
Don't be a silly idiot!
"A Popular Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
He watched her tune the guitar with a sense of silly dread.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
Damned silly, I call it.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
That seems a silly sort of reason for throwing bombs and killing people.
"Robin" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
I might have known it was because of one of your silly old beaux.
"Jane Allen: Right Guard" by Edith Bancroft
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In poetry:

O fair eyes! yet let me see
One good look, and I am gone;
Look on me, for I am he,
Thy poor silly Corydon.
"A Pastoral" by Nicholas Breton
"Silly lover, if thy Lily
Like her sister lilies be,
Thou must woo, if thou wouldst wear her,
With a simple plea.
"The Lily Confidante" by Henry Timrod
COME, listen all unto my song;
It is no silly fable;
'T is all about the mighty cord
They call the Atlantic Cable.
"How Cyrus Laid the Cable" by John Godfrey Saxe
Home I came at wintertide,
But my silly love had died
Seeking with her latest breath
Roses from the arms of Death.
"Blue Roses" by Rudyard Kipling
Who flings me silly talk of May
Shall meet a bitter soul;
For June was nearly spent away
Before my heart was whole.
"The False Friends" by Dorothy Parker
I walk among them all alone,
His silly, stupid wife;
The world seems tasteless, dead and done -
An empty thing is life.
"A Tragedy" by Edith Nesbit

In news:

'Fast Five' is furiously fun, seriously silly.
It's fun and I enjoy the rest stops and all the trinkets and silly things that people always tend to buy.
I've always thought Mother's Day was kind of silly.
Go for scary, kid-friendly or downright silly.
Don't fret about silly stuff stealing focus from Christ.
I feel a little silly asking this, because it is so obvious that I'm sure it's already been addressed (either in the John Jay report itself or elsewhere).
On The Silly Side by Jimmy Del Ponte.
Silly Season , 2012.
RPM's hiring of Ford marks start of silly season .
Prefiles signal Legislature's ' silly season '.
Legislative ' silly season ' in full swing.
That " silly season " called the mid-term elections is over.
Silly season in full bloom.
Despite old man winter's arrival with gusto this week, it's becoming clear to partly cloudy that the silly season is upon us.
The Other Sign It's Silly Season .
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In science:

When asked whether decoherence would spoil a quantum walk, I thought: silly question, but, somehow that spiky quantum distribution has to turn into the smooth classical one: I wonder how it does it? The answer is in figure 3: down come the spikes and up goes the central peak as the decoherence rate is turned up.
A random walk approach to quantum algorithms
Let us discuss the canonical and silly filtrations in some more detail.
Mixed Artin-Tate motives with finite coefficients
The silly filtrations condition can be stated in several equivalent forms as a condition on a full subcategory M closed under extensions in a triangulated category D .
Mixed Artin-Tate motives with finite coefficients
This functor is an equivalence of triangulated categories if and only if the t-structure is of the derived type, i. e., the silly filtrations, or Ext decomposition, condition holds.
Mixed Artin-Tate motives with finite coefficients
Notice the difference between our silly filtrations and the “weight structures” of Bondarko : the orthogonality condition from the definition in is not assumed, and does not hold, in the situations considered in this paper.
Mixed Artin-Tate motives with finite coefficients
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