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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
silly (adjective)
1.
archaic - helpless weak
2.
a) - rustic plain
b) obsolete lowly in station - humble
3.
a) weak in intellect - foolish
b) exhibiting or indicative of a lack of common sense or sound judgment - a very silly mistake
c) - trifling frivolous
4.
being stunned or dazed - scared silly knocked me silly simple
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
silly (adjective)
1.
lacking in seriousness or maturity
SYNONIMS:
birdbrained, ditzy ( ditsy), dizzy, featherbrained, flighty, frivolous, frothy, futile, goofy, harebrained, light-headed, light-minded, puerile, scatterbrained, silly, yeasty
RELATED WORDS:
fatuous, foolish, inane, nonsensical, thoughtless, witless; crazy, daffy, daft, fruity; exuberant, flippant, fluttery, giggly, happy, light, lighthearted, playful; sappy, shallow, superficial
NEAR ANTONYMS:
grave, melancholy, somber ( sombre), thoughtful; dignified, heavy, no-nonsense, sedate, severe, solemn, staid
earnest, serious, serious-minded, sober, unfrivolous
silly (adjective)
2.
showing or marked by a lack of good sense or judgment
SYNONIMS:
absurd, asinine, balmy, brainless, bubbleheaded, cockeyed, crackpot, crazy, cuckoo, daffy, daft, dippy, dotty, fatuous, featherheaded, fool, half-baked, harebrained, half-witted, inept, insane, jerky, kooky ( kookie), loony ( looney), lunatic, lunkheaded, mad, nonsensical, nutty, preposterous, sappy, screwball, senseless, silly, simpleminded, stupid, tomfool, unwise, wacky ( whacky), weak-minded, witless, zany
RELATED WORDS:
airheaded, birdbrained, boobish, brain-dead, chowderheaded, chuckleheaded, clueless, dense, dim, dim-witted, doltish, dopey ( dopy), dorky [], dull, dumb, dunderheaded, empty-headed, fatuous, feebleminded, gormless [], idiotic ( idiotical), imbecile ( imbecilic), knuckleheaded, lamebrain ( lamebrained), mindless, moronic, oafish, obtuse, opaque, pinheaded, simple, slow, slow-witted, soft, softheaded, thoughtless, thick, thickheaded, unintelligent, vacuous, witless; fallacious, illogical, invalid, irrational, nonrational, surd, unreasonable, unreasoning, unsound, weak; farcical, laughable, ludicrous, ridiculous; notional; buffoonish, clownish; ill-advised, unconsidered, unreasoned
NEAR ANTONYMS:
brainy, bright, clever, intelligent, smart; logical, rational, reasonable, valid; well-advised
judicious, prudent, sagacious, sage, sane, sapient, sensible, sound, wise
silly (adjective)
3.
so foolish or pointless as to be worthy of scornful laughter
SYNONIMS:
absurd, cockamamy ( cockamamie), comical, derisive, derisory, farcical, laughable, ludicrous, pathetic, preposterous, risible, silly
RELATED WORDS:
asinine, brainless, dumb, fatuous, foolish, half-baked, half-witted, harebrained, idiotic ( idiotical), imbecile ( imbecilic), inane, jerky, moronic, nonsensical, simpleminded, stupid, unwise, weak-minded, witless; balmy, cockeyed, crazy, cuckoo, daffy, daft, dotty, insane, kooky ( kookie), loony ( looney), lunatic, mad, nutty, screwball, senseless, wacky ( whacky); fantastic ( fantastical), far-fetched, inconceivable, incredible, unbelievable, unreal, unrealistic, unreasonable; illogical, irrational
NEAR ANTONYMS:
earnest, serious, solemn; believable, conceivable, credible, logical, rational, realistic, reasonable, sensible
silly (adjective)
4.
suffering from mental confusion
SYNONIMS:
addle, addled, addlepated, bedeviled, befogged, befuddled, bemused, bewildered, bushed, confounded, confused, dazed, distracted, dopey ( dopy), fogged, mixed-up, muddleheaded, muzzy, pixilated ( pixillated), punch-drunk, punchy, raddled, shell-shocked, silly, slaphappy, spaced-out ( spaced), spacey ( spacy), stunned, stupefied, zonked, zonked-out
RELATED WORDS:
senseless, unconscious
NEAR ANTONYMS:
alert, conscious
clearheaded, unconfused
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