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Definition 1: a word used for misbehaving children - [noun denoting person]

Samples where silly or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • don't be a silly

(silly is a kind of ...) a young person of either sex

"she writes books for children" "they're just kids" "`tiddler' is a British term for youngster"

Definition 2: dazed from or as if from repeated blows - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where silly or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • knocked silly by the impact
  • slaphappy with exhaustion
  • punch-drunk with love

Synonyms for silly in the sense of this definition

(silly is similar to ...) mentally confused; unable to think with clarity or act intelligently

"the flood of questions left her bewildered and confused"

(silly is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

Definition 3: ludicrous, foolish - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where silly or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • wore a goofy hat
  • a silly idea
  • some wacky plan for selling more books

Synonyms for silly in the sense of this definition

(silly is similar to ...) devoid of good sense or judgment

"foolish remarks" "a foolish decision"

(silly is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

Definition 4: lacking seriousness; given to frivolity - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where silly or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a dizzy blonde
  • light-headed teenagers
  • silly giggles

Synonyms for silly in the sense of this definition

(silly is similar to ...) not serious in content or attitude or behavior

"a frivolous novel" "a frivolous remark" "a frivolous young woman"

Definition 5: inspiring scornful pity - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where silly or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • how silly an ardent and unsuccessful wooer can be especially if he is getting on in years

Synonyms for silly in the sense of this definition

(silly is similar to ...) lacking dignity

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