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English adjective: silly

1. silly ludicrous, foolish

SamplesGave me a cockamamie reason for not going.
Wore a goofy hat.
A silly idea.
Some wacky plan for selling more books.

Synonymscockamamie, cockamamy, goofy, sappy, wacky, whacky, zany


Domain usagecolloquialism


2. silly lacking seriousness; given to frivolity

SamplesA dizzy blonde.
Light-headed teenagers.
Silly giggles.

Synonymsairheaded, dizzy, empty-headed, featherbrained, giddy, light-headed, lightheaded



3. silly inspiring scornful pity

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

Synonymspathetic, ridiculous



4. silly dazed from or as if from repeated blows

SamplesKnocked silly by the impact.
Slaphappy with exhaustion.

Synonymspunch-drunk, slaphappy


Domain usagecolloquialism

Antonymsclear-thinking, clearheaded

English noun: silly

1. silly (person) a word used for misbehaving children

SamplesDon't be a silly.

Broader (hypernym)child, fry, kid, minor, nestling, nipper, shaver, small fry, tiddler, tike, tyke, youngster

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