Definitions

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  • adv. In a silly manner; foolishly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a silly manner; foolishly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a silly manner; foolishly.

Etymologies

silly +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Whether Mr. Johnson was speaking metaphorically or just plain sillily, the fact he was expressing concern over adding many US military personnel to a small island displays concern for the overall impact on the Guamites … Guamians … Guamicans, hell just what does one call a resident of Guam?

    Think Progress » Rep. Johnson worries that the island of Guam will ‘tip over and capsize’ if U.S. troops relocate there.

  • She took his arm, and (looking back upon it now) remembers that as she took it she smiled "sillily," and made some banal speech about the blazing, brazen sea below.

    Browning's Heroines

  • I was quite taken aback, and before I could find myself had sillily stammered, “I — I am a gentleman.”

    Chapter 3

  • Stupid he well is, just as sillily officered; but he is too much of a fatalist as well as a savage to be grossly afraid of death.

    Mexico's Army and Ours

  • Thusly lured inside, Saul begins the exposition and starts answering an endless stream of silly questions, answered equally as sillily, and once by a ferret in a magic pot.

    TV Fail, Cookie Win

  • So why do you laugh at a public action designed however self-consciously and sillily at maintaining those lanes for the public?

    BSNYC Hot Friday Quiz Action!

  • Rather sillily, however, we decided to that on Saturday, when it was obviously closed.

    And now I'm back..

  • I love the dedicated runners who don't wait idly, but hop from one foot to another or jog sillily in place, doing anything to keep that heart rate up.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • Finally, she delivered it as the general result of her observation and experience, that those marriages in which there was least of what was romantically and sillily called love, were always the happiest; and that she anticipated the greatest possible amount of bliss — not rapturous bliss; but the solid, steady – going article — from the approaching nuptials.

    The Cricket on the Hearth

  • There's no good response when your co-workers witness one giggling sillily.

    Cheney: "Fuck the iPhone. And fuck you, too."

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