- 1having or showing a lack of common sense or judgement; absurd and foolish
- 2amusing and entertaining, but of little value or importance
Using silly: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "silly" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
It was silly of me to forget my keys.
The movie was silly but fun to watch.
Don't be silly, it's not your fault.
She made a silly mistake in her calculations.
silly Synonyms and Antonyms
Idioms Using silly
The children loved to make silly faces at each other during class.
The company offered him silly money to work for them, but he turned it down.
Oh, you silly sausage! You forgot your keys again.
Phrases with silly
a period, typically during the summer months, when the media often focuses on trivial or frivolous news stories
During the silly season, newspapers often report on celebrity gossip and other trivial matters.
Stop being a silly billy and come help me with this.
You're such a silly goose sometimes!
Origins of silly
from Old English 'sǣlig', meaning 'blessed, happy'
Summary: silly in Brief
The term 'silly' [ˈsɪli] refers to a lack of common sense or judgement, as well as something that is amusing but of little value. It can be used to describe actions, statements, or objects, as in 'She made a silly mistake in her calculations.' 'Silly' also appears in phrases like 'silly season,' which refers to a period of trivial news coverage, and idioms like 'make a silly face,' which means to contort one's face in a humorous way.