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Silly vs Stilly - What's the difference?

silly | stilly |

As adjectives the difference between silly and stilly

is that silly is (label) pitiable; deserving of compassion; helpless while stilly is silent; calm.

As a noun silly

is (colloquial) a silly person; a fool.

As an adverb stilly is

while still and calm.




  • (label) Pitiable; deserving of compassion; helpless.
  • * 1590 , (Edmund Spenser), (The Faerie Queene) , I.vi:
  • A silly man, in simple weedes forworne, / And soild with dust of the long dried way; / His sandales were with toilesome trauell torne, / And face all tand with scorching sunny ray
  • * (Edmund Spenser) (c.1552–1599)
  • After long storms with which my silly bark was tossed sore.
  • * (Samuel Taylor Coleridge) (1772-1834)
  • The silly buckets on the deck.
  • (label) Simple, unsophisticated, ordinary; rustic, ignorant.
  • * 1633 , (John Donne), "Sapho to Philænis":
  • For, if we justly call each silly man'' / A ''little island , What shall we call thee than?
  • * (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • A fourth man, in a silly habit.
  • * (John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • All that did their silly thoughts so busy keep.
  • Foolish, showing a lack of good sense and wisdom; frivolous, trifling.
  • Irresponsible, showing irresponsible behaviors.
  • Semiconscious, witless.
  • (label) Of a fielding position, very close to the batsman; closer than short.
  • Simple, not intelligent, unrefined.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1935, author= George Goodchild
  • , title=Death on the Centre Court, chapter=1 , passage=“Anthea hasn't a notion in her head but to vamp a lot of silly mugwumps. She's set her heart on that tennis bloke
  • (label) Happy; fortunate; blessed.
  • (Chaucer)
  • (label) Harmless; innocent; inoffensive.
  • * (Edmund Spenser) (c.1552–1599)
  • The silly virgin strove him to withstand.
  • * Robynson (More's Utopia)
  • A silly , innocent hare murdered of a dog.

    Derived terms

    * sillily (adverb) * silly season


    * ("playful"): pious


    * ("playful"): charming


  • (colloquial) A silly person; a fool.
  • (colloquial) A mistake.
  • Anagrams

    * * * 1000 English basic words




  • silent; calm
  • * {{quote-book, year=1828, author=Various, title=The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 12,, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=The dead--in holy, stilly peace, the sacred dead repose, Afar from earth's turmoil and grief, and all of sick'ning woes; From racking pain, and withering pride, and avarice's care, Secure they rest in solitude, unaw'd by sin or snare. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1879, author=Anthony Trollope, title=Thackeray, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=Long was the darkness, Lonely and stilly . }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1902, author=Jack London, title=A Daughter of the Snows, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=Crickets sang of nights in the stilly cabins, and in the sunshine mosquitoes crept from out hollow logs
  • * {{quote-book, year=1996, author=Stephen King, title=The Green Mile, chapter=4, edition=Pocket Books, url=
  • , passage= . . . Marjorie used Central to call as many of her neighbors that were also on the exchange as she could, telling them of the disaster which had fallen like a lightning-stroke out of a clear sky, knowing that each call would produce overlapping ripples, like pebbles tossed rapidly into a stilly pond.}}


  • While still and calm
  • * {{quote-book, year=1868, author=George A. Lawrence, title=Guy Livingstone;, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=She passed away very stilly and painlessly. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1902, author=Mary Johnston, title=Audrey, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=The river, too, was colored, and every tree was like a torch burning stilly in the quiet of the evening. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1921, author=S.R. Crockett, title=Bog-Myrtle and Peat, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=When she arrived at the white boat which floated so stilly on the morning glitter of the water, only just stirred by a breeze from the south, she stepped at once on board. }}