silly

[sil-ee]
adjective, sillier, silliest.
1.
weak-minded or lacking good sense; stupid or foolish: a silly writer.
2.
absurd; ridiculous; irrational: a silly idea.
3.
stunned; dazed: He knocked me silly.
4.
Cricket. (of a fielder or the fielder's playing position) extremely close to the batsman's wicket: silly mid off.
5.
Archaic. rustic; plain; homely.
6.
Archaic. weak; helpless.
7.
Obsolete. lowly in rank or state; humble.
noun, plural sillies.
8.
Informal. a silly or foolish person: Don't be such a silly.

Origin:
1375–1425; earlier sylie, sillie foolish, feeble-minded, simple, pitiful; late Middle English syly, variant of sely seely

sillily, adverb
silliness, noun
unsilly, adjective


1. witless, senseless, dull-witted, dim-witted. See foolish. 2. inane, asinine, nonsensical, preposterous.


1. sensible.
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silly (ˈsɪlɪ)
 
adj , -lier, -liest
1.  lacking in good sense; absurd
2.  frivolous, trivial, or superficial
3.  feeble-minded
4.  dazed, as from a blow
5.  obsolete homely or humble
 
n , -lier, -liest, -lies
6.  (modifier) cricket (of a fielding position) near the batsman's wicket: silly mid-on
7.  informal Also called: silly-billy a foolish person
 
[C15 (in the sense: pitiable, hence the later senses: foolish): from Old English sǣlig (unattested) happy, from sǣl happiness; related to Gothic sēls good]
 
'silliness
 
n

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silly
O.E. gesælig "happy" (related to sæl "happiness"), from W.Gmc. *sæligas (cf. O.N. sæll "happy," Goth. sels "good, kindhearted," O.S. salig, M.Du. salich, O.H.G. salig, Ger. selig "blessed, happy, blissful"), from PIE base *sel- "happy" (cf. Gk. hilaros "gay, cheerful," L. solari
"to comfort," salvus "whole, safe"). The word's considerable sense development moved from "blessed" to "pious," to "innocent" (1200), to "harmless," to "pitiable" (c.1280), to "weak" (c.1300), to "feeble in mind, lacking in reason, foolish" (1576). Further tendency toward "stunned, dazed as by a blow" (1886) in knocked silly, etc. Silly season in journalism slang is from 1861 (August and September, when newspapers compensate for a lack of hard news by filling up with trivial stories). Silly Putty trademark claims use from July 1949.
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But it's the silliness of the submissions that has us baffled.
There is far too much parroting of jingoistic silliness that distracts everyone
  from the real issues.
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