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sillyadjective

us   /ˈsɪl·i/
showing a lack of thought or judgment; not serious and not showing much intelligence: a silly grin I watched another silly movie last night.
silliness
noun [U] us   /ˈsɪl·i·nəs/
It’s time to stop the silliness and get serious.
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"silly" in British English

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sillyadjective

uk   /ˈsɪl.i/ us   /ˈsɪl.i/
B1 showing little thought or judgment: Don't do that, you silly boy! a silly mistake It was silly of you to go out in the sun without a hat.
embarrassed; afraid that people will laugh at you: I feel silly in this dress.
Synonym
B1 not important, serious, or practical: She gets upset over such silly things. We were served our drinks in these silly little glasses.

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(Definition of silly from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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