silly (adjective) LISTEN
If someone or something is silly, it means that they are stupid.
- He’s a very silly man.
- That’s a silly idea.
If something is silly, it can also mean that it is strange and funny.
- He always wears silly ties to work.
Or it can mean that someone isn’t serious.
- Stop being silly and do some work.
When we do something that we think is stupid, we sometimes say, “Silly me!” For example: “Do you know where my glasses are?” “They’re on your head!” “Oh silly me! I thought I lost them!”
In pop culture
Silly putty is a children’s toy. It’s called silly putty because you can do silly (not serious) things with it. Watch this advert from the 1980s and listen for these words in the song: “Silly putty, it’s fun for almost everyone!” What can you do with silly putty?
There are other meanings of silly.