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synonyms for silly

  • childish
  • crazy
  • frivolous
  • idiotic
  • inappropriate
  • irresponsible
  • ludicrous
  • nonsensical
  • pointless
  • preposterous
  • ridiculous
  • simple
  • stupid
  • empty
  • irrational
  • asinine
  • balmy
  • brainless
  • dippy
  • dizzy
  • empty-headed
  • fatuous
  • featherbrained
  • flighty
  • foolhardy
  • harebrained
  • ignorant
  • illogical
  • immature
  • imprudent
  • inane
  • inconsistent
  • meaningless
  • muddle-headed
  • nitwitted
  • puerile
  • senseless
  • sheepheaded
  • simpleminded
  • unintelligent
  • unreasonable
  • unwise
  • vacuous
  • witless
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antonyms for silly

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  • intelligent
  • mature
  • reasonable
  • responsible
  • sensible
  • serious
  • smart
  • wise
  • practical
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Silly denotes extreme and conspicuous foolishness; it may also refer to pointlessness of jokes, remarks, etc.: silly and senseless behavior; a perfectly silly statement. Inane applies to silliness that is notably lacking in content, sense, or point: inane questions that leave one with no reply. Foolish implies a lack of common sense or good judgment or, sometimes, a weakness of mind: a foolish decision; The child seems foolish. Fatuous implies being not only foolish, dull, and vacant in mind, but complacent and highly self-satisfied as well: fatuous and self-important; fatuous answers. Stupid implies natural slowness or dullness of intellect, or, sometimes, a benumbed or dazed state of mind; it is also used to mean foolish or silly: He was rendered stupid by a blow; It is stupid to do such a thing. Asinine originally meant like an ass; it applies to witlessly stupid conversations or conduct and suggests a lack of social grace or perception: He failed to notice the reaction to his asinine remarks.

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How to use silly in a sentence

Claiming that people with protruding ears were naturally weak-willed, for example, would seem plain silly.
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Well, back in the early 1200s, the original sense of silly was “blessed” or, more accurately, “spiritually blessed.”
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That may sound a bit silly, but often we’re in a culture where people think a scientist or mathematician has to be the crazy person locked up in a room working by ourselves.
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Sometimes my friends ask questions that they’re afraid are silly.
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I suspect when we look back in 100 years, or maybe even 50 years, we’ll be astonished at how silly many of the ideas we currently hold near and dear to our hearts are actually wrong.
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Because what was so silly was that people call themselves highly verbal and wide readers, when in fact they’re illiterate when they reach science or the social sciences if they can’t evaluate numbers.
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If he would take her a little more seriously—it 's an immense pity he married her because she was silly!
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I wonder why wise men choose silly wives always, she added consciously, playing with the reins.
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I just sit there, knocked plumb silly, almost, and looked at a big rose in the carpet.
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Not only good taste, but health is often sacrificed to the silly error of dressing in the extreme of fashion.
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