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 for silly
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Silly \Sil"ly\, a. [Compar. Sillier; superl. Silliest.] [OE.
     seely, sely, AS. s?lig, ges?lig, happy, good, fr. s?l, s?l,
     good, happy, s?l good fortune, happines; akin to OS.
     s[=a]lig, a, good, happy, D. zalig blessed, G. selig, OHG.
     s[=a]l[imac]g, Icel. s?l, Sw. s[aum]ll, Dan. salig, Goth.
     s?ls good, kind, and perh. also to L. sollus whole, entire,
     Gr. ???, Skr. sarva. Cf. Seel, n.]
     1. Happy; fortunate; blessed. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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     2. Harmless; innocent; inoffensive. [Obs.] "This silly,
        innocent Custance." --Chaucer.
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              The silly virgin strove him to withstand. --Spenser.
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              A silly, innocent hare murdered of a dog. --Robynson
                                                    (More's
                                                    Utopia).
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     3. Weak; helpless; frail. [Obs.]
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              After long storms . . .
              With which my silly bark was tossed sore. --Spenser.
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              The silly buckets on the deck.        --Coleridge.
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     4. Rustic; plain; simple; humble. [Obs.]
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              A fourth man, in a sillyhabit.        --Shak.
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              All that did their silly thoughts so busy keep.
                                                    --Milton.
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     5. Weak in intellect; destitute of ordinary strength of mind;
        foolish; witless; simple; as, a silly woman.
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     6. Proceeding from want of understanding or common judgment;
        characterized by weakness or folly; unwise; absurd;
        stupid; as, silly conduct; a silly question.
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     Syn: Simple; brainless; witless; shallow; foolish; unwise;
          indiscreet. See Simple.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  silly
      adj 1: ludicrous, foolish; "gave me a cockamamie reason for not
             going"; "wore a goofy hat"; "a silly idea"; "some wacky
             plan for selling more books" [syn: cockamamie,
             cockamamy, goofy, sappy, silly, wacky,
             whacky, zany]
      2: lacking seriousness; given to frivolity; "a dizzy blonde";
         "light-headed teenagers"; "silly giggles" [syn: airheaded,
         dizzy, empty-headed, featherbrained, giddy, light-
         headed, lightheaded, silly]
      3: inspiring scornful pity; "how silly an ardent and
         unsuccessful wooer can be especially if he is getting on in
         years"- Dashiell Hammett [syn: pathetic, ridiculous,
         silly]
      4: dazed from or as if from repeated blows; "knocked silly by
         the impact"; "slaphappy with exhaustion" [syn: punch-drunk,
         silly, slaphappy]
      n 1: a word used for misbehaving children; "don't be a silly"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  154 Moby Thesaurus words for "silly":
     Pickwickian, absurd, airy, apish, asinine, balmy, batty, bedazzled,
     befooled, beguiled, benumbed, besotted, blockhead, bonehead, booby,
     brainless, buffoonish, catchpenny, childish, clod, clot, cockeyed,
     crazy, credulous, daffy, daft, daze, dazed, dazzled, dippy, dizzy,
     dolt, dope, dopey, doting, drip, dumb, dummy, dunce, empty,
     empty-headed, fatuitous, fatuous, featherbrained, flaky, flighty,
     flimsy, fond, fool, foolhardy, foolheaded, foolish, fribble,
     fribbling, frivolous, frothy, fuddled, futile, gaga, giddy, goofy,
     goose, groggy, gulled, harebrained, idiot, idiotic, idle,
     ignoramus, ignorant, illogical, imbecile, imbecilic, in a daze,
     inane, inept, infatuated, insane, irrational, irresponsible,
     jackass, jerk, knocked silly, kooky, laughable, light,
     light-headed, loony, ludicrous, mad, maudlin, mazed, moronic,
     muzzy, nerd, nincompoop, ninny, nitwit, nitwitted, nonsensical,
     nugacious, nugatory, numskull, nutty, off, otiose, pointless,
     poppycockish, preposterous, puerile, punch-drunk, punchy,
     rattlebrained, ridiculous, risible, rubbishy, sappy,
     scatterbrained, screwy, senseless, sentimental, shallow,
     silly Billy, silly ass, simpleton, skimble-skamble, slaphappy,
     slender, slight, stunned, stupefied, stupid, superficial,
     thoughtless, trashy, trifling, trite, trivial, twaddling, twaddly,
     twit, unintelligent, unreasonable, unwise, unwitty, vacuous, vain,
     vapid, wacky, weak-minded, wet, windy, witless, woozy
  
  

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