Sillily Sil"li*ly, adv. [From {Silly}.] In a silly manner; foolishly. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

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  • sillily — though formally correct, is too awkward for normal use and is usually replaced by the phrase in a silly way or by other one word adverbs such as foolishly or stupidly …   Modern English usage

  • sillily — adverb In a silly manner; foolishly. He swung the plant hed just stolen around in his bag so sillily that the dirt was still to be found soiling the inside of his bag a full day later …   Wiktionary

  • sillily — silly ► ADJECTIVE (sillier, silliest) 1) lacking in common sense or judgement; foolish. 2) trivial or frivolous. 3) Cricket denoting fielding positions very close to the batsman: silly mid on. ► NOUN (pl. sillies) informal ▪ …   English terms dictionary

  • sillily — adverb see silly …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sillily — See silly. * * * …   Universalium

  • sillily — adv. foolishly, in a silly manner, stupidly; ridiculously, absurdly …   English contemporary dictionary

  • sillily — sil·li·ly …   English syllables

  • sillily — ˈsilə̇lē, li adverb : in a silly manner …   Useful english dictionary

  • silly — sillily, adv. silliness, n. /sil ee/, adj., sillier, silliest, n., pl. sillies. adj. 1. weak minded or lacking good sense; stupid or foolish: a silly writer. 2. absurd; ridiculous; irrational: a silly idea. 3. stunned; dazed: He knocked me silly …   Universalium

  • -lily — Few adjectives in ly form adverbs in lily because they are too awkward to use. As Fowler noted (1926), ‘it is always possible to say in a masterly manner, at a timely moment, and the like, instead of masterlily, timelily’. Some adjectives in ly… …   Modern English usage

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