how to pronounce silly


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the above transcription of silly is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

silly is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of silly in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… so i thought it was silly to go to salt …”

meaning of silly

Silly means foolish, stupid, or not sensible.

silly frequency in english - B2 level of CEFR

the word silly occurs in english on average 28.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics silly can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that silly can be often used in the following areas:

1) people, society, and culture;

words with pronunciation similar to silly


words that rhyme with silly


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