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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Silly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See seely, silly.

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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