silly

silly
silly [sil′ē]
adj.
sillier, silliest [ME seli, sili (with shortened vowel), good, blessed, innocent < OE sælig, happy, prosperous, blessed (akin to Ger selig, blessed) < sæl, happiness < IE base * sel-, favorable, in good spirits (> Gr hilasia, propitiation, hilaros, gay, L solari, to comfort); sense development: happy → blissful → unaware of reality → foolish]
1. Obs.
a) simple; plain; innocent
b) feeble; infirm; helpless
2. Now Rare feebleminded; imbecile
3. having or showing little sense, judgment, or sobriety; foolish, stupid, absurd, ludicrous, irrational, etc.: often used in a weakened sense to mean “unreasonably concerned” [don't be silly, it's no bother]
4. frivolous or trivial
5. Informal dazed or senseless, as from a blow
n.
pl. sillies
a silly person
SYN.- ABSURD
sillily
adv.
silly
silliness
n.
SYN.- SILLY implies ridiculous or irrational behavior that seems to demonstrate a lack of common sense, good judgment, or sobriety [it was silly of you to dress so lightly ]; STUPID implies a slow-wittedness or lack of normal intelligence [he is stupid to believe that ]; FATUOUS suggests stupidity, inanity, or obtuseness coupled with a smug complacency [a fatuous smile ]; ASININE implies the extreme stupidity conventionally attributed to an ass [an asinine argument ] –ANT. WISE2, INTELLIGENT

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