Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • See seely, silly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective obsolete Silly.

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  • adjective Obsolete form of silly.
  • adjective archaic spiritually favored, blessed, holy, virtuous, righteous
  • adjective archaic worthy, noble, fine, excellent;
  • adjective archaic fortunate, lucky, prosperous
  • adjective archaic happy, pleasant
  • adjective archaic wealthy (figurative)
  • adjective archaic innocent, harmless; good
  • adjective archaic simple, guileless; foolish, gullible; doting; ignorant
  • adjective archaic weak, helpless, defenseless, hapless
  • adjective archaic wretched, unfortunate, miserable, pitiable
  • adjective archaic humble, lowly, poor
  • adjective archaic worthless, trifling, insignificant

Etymologies

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from Middle English sely, from Old English sǣliġ ("blessed, fortunate"), (also gesǣliġ ("happy, prosperous, blessed, fortunate")), from Proto-Germanic *sēlīgaz (“happy”), equivalent to seel +‎ -y. Cognate with West Frisian sillich, Dutch zalig ("blessed"), German selig ("blessed, overjoyed").

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