from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Exhibiting a lack of wisdom or good sense; foolish. See Synonyms at foolish.
- adj. Lacking seriousness or responsibleness; frivolous: indulged in silly word play; silly pet names for each other.
- adj. Semiconscious; dazed: knocked silly by the impact.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Pitiable; deserving of compassion; helpless.
- adj. Simple, unsophisticated, ordinary; rustic, ignorant.
- adj. foolish, showing a lack of good sense and wisdom; frivolous, trifling.
- adj. irresponsible, showing irresponsible behaviors.
- adj. playful, giggly.
- adj. semiconscious, witless.
- adj. of a fielding position, very close to the batsman; closer than short
- adj. simple, not intelligent, refined.
- n. A silly person; a fool.
- n. A mistake.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Happy; fortunate; blessed.
- adj. Harmless; innocent; inoffensive.
- adj. Weak; helpless; frail.
- adj. Rustic; plain; simple; humble.
- adj. Weak in intellect; destitute of ordinary strength of mind; foolish; witless; simple.
- adj. Proceeding from want of understanding or common judgment; characterized by weakness or folly; unwise; absurd; stupid.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Happy; fortunate; blessed.
- Plain; simple; rustic; rude.
- Simple-hearted; guileless; ingenuous; innocent.
- Weak; impotent; helpless; frail.
- Foolish, as a term of pity; deficient in understanding; weak-minded; witless; simple.
- 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.
- Fatuous; imbecile; mentally weak to the verge of idiocy.
- Weak in body: not in good health; sickly; weakly.
- Synonyms Dull, etc. see simple.
- Absurd, Silly, Foolish, etc. See a bsurd.
- n. A silly person: as, what a silly you are!
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. dazed from or as if from repeated blows
- adj. ludicrous, foolish
- adj. inspiring scornful pity
- n. a word used for misbehaving children
- adj. lacking seriousness; given to frivolity
Middle English seli, silli, blessed, innocent, hapless, from Old English gesælig, blessed.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Phonetic variant of seely. From Old English *sǣliġ, "blessed", (attested only in form ġesǣliġ), from Proto-Germanic *sēlīgaz. Cognate with West Frisian sillich, Dutch zalig, German selig. More at sely. (Wiktionary)