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  • adj. Lucky, fortunate.
  • adj. Innocent; harmless.
  • adj. Pitiable, deserving of sympathy; poor, miserable.
  • adj. Trifling, insignificant.
  • adj. Silly, foolish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See silly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Happy; lucky; fortunate.
  • Good.
  • Simple; artless; innocent; harmless; silly. See silly.
  • Poor; trifling.


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From Middle English sely, from Old English *sǣliġ ("blessed") (attested only in form ġesǣliġ), from Proto-Germanic *sēlīgaz (“lucky, happy”), equivalent to seel +‎ -y. Cognate with West Frisian sillich, Dutch zalig, German selig. Developed into silly.



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