Usage examples for silliness

  1. For my part I can never tell the difference between silliness and sense. – Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard by Eleanor Farjeon
  2. His expression corresponds to his character, always showing a pleasant and friendly gaiety, and rather set in a smiling look; and, to speak honestly, better suited to merriment than to seriousness and solemnity, though far removed from silliness or buffoonery. – Erasmus and the Age of Reformation by Johan Huizinga
  3. For Miss Panton- Nanty- with all her silliness had spoken words which were to all of them like a search- light suddenly turned upon the inner secrets of the woman who was dying upstairs. – The Privet Hedge by J. E. Buckrose
  4. I advise you to make it a rule for yourself always to go to an older friend, when you want to talk about anything that might be not quite nice, or that might verge on silliness. – Stray Thoughts for Girls by Lucy H. M. Soulsby
  5. It is quite unnecessary to comment on the silliness and bad taste of passages of this kind, but it is interesting to note that the facts of history are too strong even for Mr. Mahaffy. – Reviews by Oscar Wilde
  6. She worked hard and silently, now, with only occasional flashes of her old silliness. – Saturday's Child by Kathleen Norris
  7. Comradeship between the sexes is rapidly spoilt by " silliness." – Men, Women, and God by A. Herbert Gray
  8. There are those who seriously maintain Miss Rossetti's claim to the highest rank among English poetesses, urging that she excels Mrs. Browning, her only possible competitor, in freedom from blemishes of form and from the liability to fall into silliness and maudlin gush, at least as much as she falls short of her in variety and in power of shaping a poem of considerable bulk. – A History of Nineteenth Century Literature (1780-1895) by George Saintsbury
  9. She was a graceful creature beyond all question, but such softness, which never even attempted to assert a purpose or an opinion, did not commend itself to his determined nature; it annoyed him, when he had contradicted her, to hear her repeat his last statement and take his side, as if she were ashamed of her own silliness. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  10. He knew it was nothing but a transient attack of silliness, of which she was herself ashamed; but he was sorry to leave her in that condition, and feared Lady Rotherwood's coming into the neighbourhood was doing her harm, as certainly as it was spoiling Ada. – Scenes and Characters by Charlotte M. Yonge
  11. At least, you seem so well prepared to hear a tale of silliness that I cannot find it in my heart to disappoint you. – New-Arabian-Nights by Stevenson, Robert Louis
  12. He began to wipe the bottom of the basket, from which soup was dripping, talking the while of the carelessness of continental drivers and the silliness of children of all nations, perhaps to give her time to recover. – The Good Comrade by Una L. Silberrad
  13. But when you are hunting silly little turkeys who literally don't know enough to go in when it rains, and when you expected and wanted to be doing something else, then it seems different, the drizzle seems peculiarly drizzly, the silliness of the turkeys seems particularly and unendurably silly. – More Jonathan Papers by Elisabeth Woodbridge
  14. It is impossible to relate the taking of the Bastile Saint- Antoine without recognizing the silliness or the unworthiness of the citizens who were the principal actors in this enterprise. – Paris from the Earliest Period to the Present Day; Volume 1 by William Walton
  15. Sentimentality, hysteria, and silliness, he said, were at the bottom of all their mental troubles, which did not, therefore, merit serious attention. – Ideala by Sarah Grand
  16. What brand o’ silliness do ye call that? – The Snow-Burner by Henry Oyen
  17. With all her silliness she would comfort me and she would never reproach me; but I must not tell. – The Time of Roses by L. T. Meade
  18. And I do believe, Kennedy, there has been nothing more than great silliness on either side. – Donal Grant by George MacDonald