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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Silly  \Sil"ly\,  a.  [Compar.  {Sillier};  superl.  {Silliest}.]  [OE. 
  seely,  sely,  AS  s?lig,  ges?lig,  happy,  good,  fr  s?l,  s?l, 
  good,  happy,  s?l  good  fortune,  happines;  akin  to  OS 
  s[=a]lig,  a,  good,  happy,  D.  zalig  blessed,  G.  selig  OHG. 
  s[=a]l[=i]g,  Icel.  s?l,  Sw  s["a]ll,  Dan.  salig,  Goth.  s?ls 
  good,  kind  and  perh.  also  to  L.  sollus  whole,  entire,  Gr 
  ???,  Skr.  sarva.  Cf  {Seel},  n.] 
  1.  Happy;  fortunate;  blessed.  [Obs.]  --Chaucer. 
 
  2.  Harmless;  innocent;  inoffensive.  [Obs.]  ``This  silly, 
  innocent  Custance.''  --Chaucer. 
 
  The  silly  virgin  strove  him  to  withstand.  --Spenser. 
 
  A  silly,  innocent  hare  murdered  of  a  dog.  --Robynson 
  (More's 
  Utopia). 
 
  3.  Weak;  helpless;  frail.  [Obs.] 
 
  After  long  storms  .  .  .  With  which  my  silly  bark  was 
  tossed  sore.  --Spenser. 
 
  The  silly  buckets  on  the  deck.  --Coleridge. 
 
  4.  Rustic;  plain;  simple;  humble.  [Obs.] 
 
  A  fourth  man,  in  a  sillyhabit  --Shak. 
 
  All  that  did  their  silly  thoughts  so  busy  keep 
  --Milton. 
 
  5.  Weak  in  intellect;  destitute  of  ordinary  strength  of  mind; 
  foolish;  witless;  simple;  as  a  silly  woman. 
 
  6.  Proceeding  from  want  of  understanding  or  common  judgment; 
  characterized  by  weakness  or  folly;  unwise;  absurd; 
  stupid;  as  silly  conduct;  a  silly  question. 
 
  Syn:  Simple;  brainless;  witless;  shallow;  foolish;  unwise; 
  indiscreet.  See  {Simple}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  silly 
  adj  1:  (informal  terms)  "gave  me  a  cockamamie  reason  for  not 
  going";  "wore  a  goofy  hat";  "a  silly  idea";  "some 
  wacky  plan  for  selling  more  books"  [syn:  {cockamamie}, 
  {cockamamy},  {fool(a)},  {goofy},  {sappy},  {wacky},  {zany}, 
  {unreasonable}] 
  2:  lacking  seriousness;  given  to  frivolity;  "a  dizzy  blonde"; 
  "light-headed  teenagers";  "silly  giggles"  [syn:  {airheaded}, 
  {dizzy},  {empty-headed},  {featherbrained},  {giddy},  {light-headed}] 
  3:  inspiring  scornful  pity;  "how  silly  an  ardent  and 
  unsuccessful  wooer  can  be  especially  if  he  is  getting  on 
  in  years"-  Dashiell  Hammett  [syn:  {pathetic},  {ridiculous}] 
  4:  (informal)  dazed  from  or  as  if  from  repeated  blows;  "knocked 
  silly  by  the  impact";  "slaphappy  with  exhaustion"  [syn:  {punch-drunk}, 
  {slaphappy}] 
  n  :  a  word  used  for  misbehaving  children;  "don't  be  a  silly" 




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